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Telstra, Qualcomm and Ericsson achieve record-breaking 4G speeds

Telstra, Ericsson, NETGEAR and Qualcomm announced they have achieved record-breaking 4G speeds of up to 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) in lab testing using a new commercially announced chipset.

The top speeds were made possible using Ericsson’s Baseband 6630, Radio 4415, and latest Gigabit LTE network software. 

These speeds are enabled by aggregating five 20 MHz LTE carriers across three different frequency bands with each carrier using 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM technologies.

The demonstration saw 2Gbps speeds achieved by aggregating 100MHz of spectrum across the bands 1, 3 and 7, using a NETGEAR Nighthawk mobile router equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem.

Telstra MD of networks Mike Wright says, “With the ever-increasing demand for data and the need to provide our customers with a superior user experience, we are always striving to provide new solutions and develop advanced technologies. 

“Following Telstra’s world first Gigabit-enabled network launch in January 2017, we are delighted to again be partnering with Ericsson and Qualcomm to double these speeds.” 

“This achievement demonstrates our continued LTE innovation, providing our customers with an unrivalled network experience and preparing our networks for future growth.”

Following the world’s first 1Gbps speeds demonstration in November 2015 and the first commercial Gigabit LTE network launch in January 2017, this latest technology breakthrough accelerates joint efforts by Ericsson, Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR to deliver the world’s leading Gigabit LTE network, aiming to pave the way for increased capability and performance on the journey towards 5G.

Ericsson head of product area network systems Joakim Sorelius says, “We’re pushing the boundaries of technology and providing unprecedented advances in LTE evolution by breaking the 2Gbps-barrier with our partners. 

“This technology advancement will enable faster mobile broadband speeds and greater network capacity for all subscribers.” 

“This is important as users consume and generate greater amounts of content via video streaming and share their own pictures and video content.”

Ericsson, Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR will be showcasing the lightning-fast 2Gbps speeds in a live demonstration at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

The demonstration will illustrate how 2Gbps speeds are achieved on LTE by running 4x4 MIMO on five 20MHz carriers.

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