Ericsson and Vodafone Ireland address increasing demand for uplink by implementing Europe’s fastest uplink speeds in commercial network using Uplink Carrier Aggregation (CA) and 64 QAM modulation. Uplink speeds of 136Mbps have been achieved in Vodafone Ireland’s commercial network. Increased social sharing and video uploads are driving the need for higher uplink performance, for smartphone users across the network. At the same time, growing adoption of Enterprise cloud applications for unified communications, especially video-conferencing apps, are driving uplink requirements for both remote and onsite workers.
The Ericsson Networks Software feature Uplink Carrier Aggregation has been implemented using LTE FDD 40 MHz (two 20 MHz carriers) together with 64 QAM in the Vodafone network in Dublin, Ireland. The result is a 200 percent improvement compared to current uplink performance, with the ability to deliver peak throughputs of up to 150 Mbps. The demonstration also featured the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with X12 LTE. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Per Narvinger, Head of Radio Access Networks, says: “LTE is a powerful mobile technology that is consistently evolving to meet growing demand from both smartphones users and, increasingly, the Internet of Things or IOT. By working with leading operators like Vodafone, Ericsson is able to quickly apply our software-based performance enhancements, like Uplink Carrier Aggregation, in commercial networks, to ensure fast time-to-market. Operators increasingly differentiate themselves by improving the app coverage experience for their customers, so gaining the first-mover advantage on new features is critical.”
“Qualcomm, Ericsson and Vodafone have collaborated to greatly improve uplink speeds in Europe with Carrier Aggregation, and this is just one example how Qualcomm continues to lead the evolution of 4G LTE technology,” said Enrico Salvatori, President, Qualcomm Europe. “Now, consumers with a mobile device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE can utilize uplink enhancing technologies to upload content from their mobile devices up to three times faster, while also delivering improved functionality for users in the network.”
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