Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrate up to 1 Gbps LTE downlink data speeds as well as up to 150 Mbps uplink speeds on a single device. LTE Advanced carrier aggregation, 64 QAM uplink, 256 QAM downlink and 4x4 MIMO technologies utilized in demonstration.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced the achievement of another commercial milestone in the delivery of high speed mobile broadband data, by being the first to deliver LTE speeds of up to 1Gbps LTE on the downlink and up to 150 Mbps on the uplink using a single device on Telstra’s live network. Over the air downlink speeds of 979 Mbps and uplink speeds of 129 Mbps were achieved using a UDP* speed test. The demonstration was completed using a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ X16 LTE modem test device from Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. These successes take Telstra another step closer to delivering commercial gigabit speeds in their Australian network. Further reinforced by speeds of up to 926 Mbps being recorded end to end over the internet including speeds up to 883 Mbps over the air.

A key achievement, on top of gigabit download speeds, Telstra is getting close to tripling the current maximum uplink speed seen in most LTE networks globally. Increasing social sharing and video uploads is driving the need for higher uplink performance for smartphone users across the network. Improving uplink speeds is also important for remote and onsite workers use of enterprise cloud applications for unified communications, especially video-conferencing apps.

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Networks, Telstra, says: “We are getting closer to delivering commercial 1Gbps download speeds on our network. This will bring both speed and capacity outdoors, along with deeper coverage and performance indoors. The pairing of higher data speeds on the downlink and the uplink is a key milestone in the ongoing delivery of the ultimate data experience. Our tests also highlight the joint engineering capability we bring to such a complex blend of new software and hardware technologies in real world end to end conditions.”

Thomas Norén, Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson says: ”Leading operators such as Telstra, continue to push boundaries of the LTE standard, utilizing LTE Advanced carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and higher order modulation with 64 and 256 QAM, to ensure their networks are ready to meet continuing growth in data traffic and high performance expectations of customers.”

4×4 MIMO doubles peak rates with no additional spectrum. Additional boost in peak data rates is achieved by 256 QAM on the downlink and 64 QAM on the uplink. The gigabit downlink achievement, both indoors and outdoors, was powered by Ericsson Baseband 5216 hardware that supercharges radio signal digital processing power.

Serge Willenegger, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, says: "This joint demonstration is another significant milestone toward our universal wireless gigabit vision; we are thrilled to contribute to the realization of such a transformative journey with the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and we can't wait to see Snapdragon users enjoy another wave of innovative device and cloud based services which fully exploit this new level of wide area network connectivity."

Ericsson is present today in all high traffic LTE markets including US, Japan, and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling the most global LTE traffic. In addition, forty percent of the world's total mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. More than 270 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered by Ericsson worldwide, of which 200 are live commercially.

* UDP (User Datagram Protocol) is used for realtime applications such as voice and video over the internet.

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