Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced that they have completed the commercialization milestone for the end-to-end LTE-A Carrier Aggregation solution capable of supporting data speeds up to 450 Mbps. Today’s milestone confirms the maturity and readiness of the ecosystem to support operator deployments of LTE-A 450 Mbps data speeds. It builds on the May, 2014 demonstration of the same speed by Ericsson and Telstra, achieved with a user test device on Telstra’s commercial network.
LTE-A Carrier Aggregation enables operators to use spectrum more efficiently to deliver better user experience to customers wherever they are in their networks. Mobile users can enjoy super fast downloads and better performance of their favorite applications.
Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director, Networks, says: "We are pleased to play a role in this milestone with Ericsson and Qualcomm. Our customers are keen to see the benefits of LTE-A Carrier Aggregation across our network and today’s achievement demonstrates that Telstra is working with industry leaders in order to develop the next generation of fast and reliable mobile data services. We look forward to offering our customers devices incorporating this new chipset when available in the market."
The demonstration utilized 60 MHz of spectrum, with three 20 MHz LTE carriers in Band 3 (1800 MHz), Band 7 (2600 MHz) and Band 28 (APT 700 MHz) respectively. The successful utilization of Band 28 is significant as this band is gaining momentum as a global LTE band, with the potential to serve 2.1 billion people. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Category 9 LTE-A modem and Ericsson high-performance LTE software (Networks Software 14B) and hardware supporting the company's multi-standard RBS 6000 family of base stations for macro and small cell networks drove today’s results.
Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson says: "As consumers, businesses and industries are transformed through mobility, network performance becomes a key differentiator. Leading operators such as Telstra are looking for solutions that improve app coverage – network performance from the user perspective. With LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation, app coverage is improved right to the cell edge. Showing this commercial solution live on both network and terminal, with our partners Telstra and Qualcomm, represents a key milestone on the road to large-scale deployments."
Serge Willenegger, Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc said: "We are excited to see our next generation LTE Advanced modem play a role in reaching another significant industry milestone to further improve network performance and user download speeds. We look forward to continue working with Telstra and Ericsson in developing commercial solutions to maintain the quality of experience for mobile users as they continue to seek faster download speeds and reliable connections."
QTI continues to be a leader in LTE modem technology, supporting the latest communication technologies and enabling them to adapt to network conditions and user needs in real time to deliver faster, smoother data and voice connections everywhere. QTI’s latest LTE multimode solution is the first LTE Advanced Category 9 modem that supports global Carrier Aggregation for download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.
Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada, and has been selected by the top 10 LTE operators as ranked by LTE subscription worldwide. More than 200 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which more than 150 are live commercially.
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