Gigabit LTE is a significant milestone on the road to 5G. By offering 1 Gigabit-per-second download speeds and beyond, operators can meet the rising expectations of network performance as users live-stream and share increasing volumes of video content, collaborate on the move, and demand improved broadband performance wherever they are.
The key features enabling Gigabit LTE include:
Gigabit LTE can be achieved either by aggregating licensed spectrum carriers or by combining licensed and unlicensed spectrum with Licensed Assisted Access (LAA).
Ericsson delivers a very competitive app coverage offering for operators and end-users alike by boosting Gigabit LTE with Ericsson Lean Carrier and Elastic RAN. These leading software innovations coupled with the Ericsson Radio System together meet the ever-growing needs and opportunities of operators as well as end-users, both today and as networks evolve to 5G.
Ericsson Lean Carrier is an Ericsson innovation delivering up to 50 percent improvement in downlink throughput while reducing dropped connections by up to 20 percent. This is achieved by minimizing unnecessary transmissions not directly related to the delivery of user data.
Ericsson Elastic RAN (E-RAN) is an industry unique solution, that enables the optimal coordination of radio digital baseband units across the entire network, agnostic of baseband deployment scenarios. It can be used in deployments, which are centralized, distributed or a mix of both. Elastic RAN will support coordination functionalities, such as carrier aggregation, with full performance. There are no limits to the coordination area, it is fully elastic throughout the network.
Whichever the starting point of the network, Ericsson Radio System offers the components to achieve a network with Gigabit speed peak rates. With the modular ability of Ericsson Radio System, legacy equipment can easily be combined with the latest parts of the portfolio, simplifying the upgrade process for all customers.
Ericsson Radio System also offers the only single-board Baseband with full mixed mode capabilities supporting GSM, WCDMA, LTE and Massive IoT simultaneously, and is 5G ready.
Licensed Assisted Access is an LTE solution that leverages the 5 GHz unlicensed band in combination with licensed spectrum to deliver a data speed boost for mobile devices.
Ericsson Lean Carrier is a new and unique solution from Ericsson that reduces the reference signal interference and improves the end user experience. It significantly improves downlink data speed by up to 50 percent on today’s devices.