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The world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE

Ericsson delivers extreme app coverage for operators and end users alike by delivering Gigabit LTE and Elastic RAN, and new radio and microwave products within the Ericsson Radio System to meet the ever-growing needs and opportunities of the Networked Society.

Operators are challenged to efficiently scale their networks while ensuring great app coverage with LTE subscriptions forecast to reach 4.1 billion by the end of 2021, and increased data consumption per subscription. Ericsson's newest hardware and software address LTE growth opportunities.

Now launching Extreme App Coverage through the delivery of Gigabit LTE and new software, radio and microwave products within the Ericsson Radio System:

Ericsson Networks Software 16B – The delivery of world's first commercial Gigabit LTE is a combination of powerful software features, with user peak rates of up to 1 Gbps, through software enhancements to today's commercial LTE networks. The combined features of Gigabit LTE, supporting a wide range of mobile applications, include:

  • Three component Carrier Aggregation (CA)

  • 4X4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output)

  • LTE 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation)

  • Ericsson Lean Carrier

The combination of these features delivers up to a 100% increase in downlink peak data rates compared to three components Carrier Aggregation alone.

Elastic RAN is the new element in the Ericsson Cloud RAN concept introducing a novel way of interconnecting baseband digital hardware through high-performance Ethernet transport networks. Elastic RAN enables the complete network to operate as one unified coordination area, thereby enabling Extreme app coverage across all areas of the network.

Ericsson Radio System portfolio complemented with new microwave backhaul products and new access radios supporting 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM, in support of Gigabit LTE:

  • Radio 4415 with 4x40 W output power supports 4x4 MIMO to increase capacity by doubling the available data streams

  • Radio 2012 adds support for the 1.4 GHz Supplemental Downlink band, thereby adding capacity to the network

  • Radio 2212 with 2x80 W output power to facilitate spectrum re-farming as operators upgrade from 2G to 3G and LTE

Efficiently addressing user demand for extreme app coverage, both indoors and outside, will also drive requirements for multi-gigabit capacities and multi-band solutions in the backhaul.

Ericsson is addressing this with new microwave additions:

  • MINI-LINK 6651, a compact indoor unit with a link capacity of 1.9 Gbps (using 4096 QAM and a 112 MHz channel), which is used for split mount deployments

  • MINI-LINK 6354, a two carrier all outdoor solution for traditional frequency bands, providing a capacity of 2.8 Gbps (using 4096 QAM and 112 MHz channels)

  • Multi-band Booster, which provides a significant boost in performance and improved use of spectrum, by combining a wider high frequency channel with a narrow low frequency channel.

Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) is an LTE feature that leverages the 5GHz unlicensed band in combination with licensed spectrum to deliver a performance boost for mobile device users.

  • Micro Radio 2205 for LAA, designed for unlicensed spectrum use, provides small dimensions, flexible mounting and superior performance.

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