Ericsson & Verizon achieve communications milestone with Qualcomm, having surpassed a speed of 1 GBPS across commercial LTE mobile network

Telecom and networking behemoth Ericsson has declared its path-breaking accomplishment of crossing the 1 GBPS mark across Verizon's commercial LTE mobile network in the U.S. As demonstrated by recent events, Ericsson has been working for a considerably long while in this business space to enhance consumer experience and develop novel functionalities, with specific focus on LTE networks. One of the top officials of Ericsson was quoted stating that crossing the 1 GBPS frontier on a commercial chipset has been a significant landmark for the company, especially with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies onboard, that will pave the way to the advent of 5G.

Ericsson’s declaration of surpassing the 1 GBPS mark follows another announcement by the same company that was made earlier this month. Somewhere at the onset of August, the telecom market giant had announced its LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) technology, designed to enable mobile operators to utilize the unlicensed spectrum that is a prerequisite to run LTE networks operating on gigabit speeds. While launching LAA, the company admitted that LAA has been essentially launched for operators to use unlicensed spectrum, in a regulated manner, in combination with their licensed spectrum. This is because gigabit LTE requires more spectrum that what most of the operators have been legally licensed for. Through the utilization of unlicensed spectrum resources, Ericsson hoped that subscribers would experience more capacity and faster speeds than usual.

In the course of Ericsson's trial, all the three firms utilized and network infrastructure and commercial silicon in addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem that supports Category 18 LTE speeds. Besides, Ericsson's LTE software and Radio System have also been incorporated in the trial, as well as a mobile test device integrated with modem support. As per what Ericsson has stated, the trial involved the usage of 12 simultaneous LTE streams, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Moderation per carrier, three 20 MHz carriers, each of FDD (frequency-division duplex) spectrum, and 4x4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (4x4 MIMO).

Ericsson’s trial results demonstrate that gigabit LTE speeds can very well be achieved with commercially available hardware. This achievement marks the beginning of a new phase for Qualcomm, as the company now has a viable opportunity to push LTE as a wireless broadband standard. Experts have also touted this milestone as an extended pathway to 5G that will eventually allow for excellent speeds and will bring about a slew of positive consumer experiences.

For the record, Qualcomm and Ericsson, at the beginning of 2017, had launched the world’s first 1 GBPS commercial network with Telstra, the reputed Australian carrier, by means of 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and carrier aggregation across spectrum bands. Ericsson has also accomplished the 1 GBPS 4G with Singtel with 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and triple carrier aggregation in Singapore last year.

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