Today, three important steps were taken in the evolution of HSPA. In a live demonstration staged for leading operator Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) recorded three new HSPA world's first achievements in Stockholm, Sweden.
The first demonstration showcased multi-carrier HSPA with 168Mbps on the downlink and 24Mbps on the uplink using a prototype consumer device and commercial network equipment. This is a world record for the highest HSPA speed achieved on commercial network equipment. This demonstration will also be shown by Ericsson during the GSMA Mobile World Congress later this month.
Tay Soo Meng, Executive Vice President of SingTel Networks says: " SingTel has been driving the growth of mobile data services with the introduction of new smartphones, tablet devices and rich multimedia applications. We expect to see greater demand for higher speeds and bandwidth in the near future. We have been in continuous collaborations with Ericsson on opportunities in the HSPA evolution and its relevance and timing for implementation in our networks. In 2010, we were one of the first in the world to demonstrate 42Mbps "live" on our networks, and it is a natural progression to continue improvements in HSPA with 84Mbps and beyond."
Dual-carrier HSPA with 84Mbps was also demonstrated for the first time ever, using commercial network products. By using two 5MHz carriers in the connection to the same consumer, peak speeds of 84Mbps are reached, doubling the maximum speed that is offered today by the fastest commercial HSPA networks.
The third world-first achievement was the demonstration of single-carrier HSPA with 42Mbps using end-to-end commercial products including a consumer device. With this new technology, it is possible to reach 42Mbps on a single WCDMA frequency carrier of 5MHz by using multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology. Compared with the currently-used dual-carrier HSPA with 42Mbps technology (that Ericsson, as the first vendor, already implemented at the end of 2009), operators can be much more efficient with their valuable radio spectrum.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "These three achievements are the latest additions to our long list of world firsts in HSPA, demonstrating our technology leadership. Operators like Singtel, want to offer their customers the highest HSPA speeds and network capacity needed to fulfill the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband services on any device. For many years we have focused on the evolution of HSPA and it is rewarding to see that the industry-wide support for HSPA Evolution is now stronger than ever Ericsson's Evo RAN brings EDGE, HSPA and LTE together into one strong, industry-leading offering. The potential for HSPA is even larger and 3GPP is already looking at even higher HSPA speeds."
The first commercial network implementations of single-carrier HSPA with 42Mbps and dual-carrier HSPA with 84Mbps can be expected during 2011, followed by higher HSPA speed implementations in later on.
The speeds referred to are peak network speeds. Actual customer speeds will be lower, and can vary owing to congestion, distance from the base station, local conditions, hardware, software and other factors.
Notes to editors:
About the data-rate steps of HSPA Evolution
The evolution of HSPA peak data rates is made possible by combining three different technologies: 64 quadrature amplitude modulation QAM higher order modulation, MIMO dual-antenna technology and multi-carrier technology.
Ericsson has developed an online course about the evolution of HSPA that can be found at:
Our multimedia content is available at the broadcast room: www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.
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SingTel is Asia's leading communications group with operations and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer markets, it is committed to bringing the best global communications solutions to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond. With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that includes voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms, as well as information and communications (infocomm) technology and pay TV. The group has a presence in Asia and Africa, reaching more than 368 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. To serve the needs of multinational corporations, SingTel also has a network of 36 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. These offices enable SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions to its customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners. SingTel employs more than 23,000 people worldwide, and had a turnover of SGD16.87 billion (USD13.14 billion) and net profit after tax of SGD3.91 billion (USD3.05 billion) for the year ending March 31, 2010. More information can be found at www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.
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