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I think you're better off bursting the data with the highest speed possible and getting off the spectrum ASAP. Doing IRC on 2G speeds, you'll be transmitting or receiving a decent chunk of the time. With LTE, you'll quickly send or receive your data, then go back to leaving the capacity available for others.

This is part of the big drive to deploy "5G" network technologies in 2020. Better spectrum efficiency means you can support more customers doing data-intensive tasks with fewer cells, that was a big drive behind LTE as well.

With the bandwidth available to LTE connections already I think for the time being we're pretty much topped out on the bandwidth an individual terminal needs, just need to service more of them with less hardware.

If there are no incentives to get new hardware that supports technologies that service more people with less hardware, then deploying them will do nothing.

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