Mobile download speed record smashed

Telecoms giant Huawei has demonstrated that mobile download speeds could soon reach 600 Megabits per second.

Using next, next generation technology, LTE-Advanced - which is around 20 times faster than current 3G connections - the company said that a full 4GB DVD-quality movie file could be downloaded in less than a minute.

The demonstration, which took place at the MWC phonefest in Barcelona, used multiple output technology to increase spectrum efficiency by up to five times and reduce transmission costs.

But it might be a while before these headline speeds reach the masses. Long Term Evolution (LTE), the 100Mbps service commonly known as 4G, will be rolled out in the USA and Canada over the next year. LTE-Advanced, the next step in the evolutionary chain, should arrive in 2011.