T-Mobile, Ericsson exceed 1 Gbps with LAA demo

ericsson communications africaT-Mobile and Ericsson have partnered to be the first in the world to demonstrate speeds exceeding 1 Gbps using 12-layer Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology

The demonstration was carried out in T-Mobile’s lab using Ericsson Radio System together with test gear from Cobham WirelessT-Mobile, achieving speeds of 1.1 Gbps.

“T-Mobile has built the nation’s fastest LTE network by innovating and bringing new technologies to market for our customers. This LAA technology builds upon our deployments of 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM and will give customers even greater access to near gigabit speeds in 2018,” says Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile.

Also commenting on the new technology Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of networks at Ericsson said, “Breaking the 1 Gbps-mark means that commercial gigabit speeds are not far from reality for many broadband users, with our LAA and MIMO technologies as key enablers. It is also an example of how innovatively we work with partners to push the boundaries of technology and achieve new milestones.” 

The data speeds were achieved by working with several key LTE technologies including 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO, and LAA . 

According to Ericsson, LAA has been demonstrated previously on 10 layers, reaching download speeds of up to 1 Gbps. This extended to 12 layers enabling speeds exceeding 1 Gbps.

The Ericsson Radio 2205 is expected to give operators the opportunity to roll out LTE on the 5GHz unlicensed band in outdoor micro cell environments. 

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