Ericsson and Telstra demonstrate LTE-Advanced 1 Gbps speed capability
Posted on 12-Nov-2015 18:58
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Ericsson and Telstra have performed the world’s first demonstration of 1 Gbps capability with five carrier LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation integrated on a live end-to-end mobile network. Downlink speeds in excess of 950 Mbps were achieved with a UDP speed test application by aggregating 100 MHz of spectrum across Telstra’s spectrum holdings.
The companies also say they were able to hit download speeds of over 843 Mbps end to end over the Internet to the speedtest.net site.
In the test, downlink speeds were achieved by aggregating 100 MHz of spectrum across the 700 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz (2 x 20 MHz) bands and delivered to a Cobham Aeroflex TM500 mobile device.
Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director, Networks, says: “Demand for a superior user experience is ever increasing as customers are ‘always-on’ and have access to new and advanced technologies. We are thrilled to be able to demonstrate this capability in our network thanks to our ongoing partnership with Ericsson. The demonstration of 1 Gbps end to end capability shows the advanced state of these standards and our ability to rapidly bring them into commercial service in order to deliver increased capacity in our network to meet growing demand. In addition to Telstra consumer customers, we are preparing our networks for growth in business use, as well as emerging technologies, which rely on our ability to deliver high capacity and low-latency solutions."
The aggregation of 100 MHz of spectrum using five carriers across four separate bands, as achieved in this test, lays the groundwork for the aggregation of higher frequency bands on the road to 5G.
Telstra and Ericsson have long cooperated on a number of key industry milestones, focused on increasing network capacity and delivering better experience for smartphone users. Currently Telstra customers can access world-leading speeds with devices capable of up to 450 Mbps on compatible handsets and 600 Mbps on a mobile hotspot in selected 4GX coverage areas.
LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation enables operators to combine spectrum across different bands, enabling the more efficient use of spectrum to deliver a better user experience to customers throughout the network. Ericsson has also been a leader in the use of higher order modulations schemes, including 256 QAM, which enables a higher LTE encoding rate, to deliver higher peak rates within a given cell radius. 256 QAM is an ideal solution for indoor and outdoor small cell architectures, and with Ericsson’s recently announced Lean Carrier solution, can also be applied in the broader macro cell environment.
Previous milestone that Telstra and Ericsson have achieved together this year are succesful 450 Mbps test in February and 600 Mbps tests in September 2015.