Qualcomm invited tech media and analysts from around the globe to Sydney, Australia - which for me, was finally a tech event that didn't involve a 60-hour return trip - where they showed off the latest advancements with Gigabit LTE technology.
The event was held at Telstra's Experience Center in Sydney, involving partnerships between Qualcomm, Telstra (Australia's leading telco), Netgear, and Ericsson. The companies have been working together in separate, and combined relationships over the last 15+ years, but this latest partnership over Gigabit LTE is a giant leap for the entire mobile industry, and the world.
Qualcomm sat everyone down and showed off Netgear's new Nighthawk M1 router, exclusive to Telstra for 8 months - the world's first 4GX Gigabit LTE mobile router. Netgear's new Nighthawk M1 features up to 1Gbps LTE connectivity, is the perfect travel router as it supports Wi-Fi/Ethernet offloading - with the capability of taking up to 20 x Wi-Fi devices.
It has a microSD port, and a USB connection for media streaming, and a 5040mAh battery - enough for around 24 hours of use, but it has Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech, which allows you to charge up the Nighthawk M1 router in less than 2 hours, or the normal USB port will charge it in 6 hours.
I asked the Netgear rep about the data consumption used for the Gigabit LTE testing Down Under, considering I have a 12GB data plan - there's no unlimited data here in Australia (I know, I know) - and 832GB was consumed. Massive amounts of data, considering the 'data cap' was 20GB.