French operator Bouygues Telecom and equipment vendor Huawei Technologies have achieved download speeds of over 1Gbps over Bouygues’ LTE network by utilising carrier aggregation (CA) technology in four frequency bands with 60MHz of total spectrum. The demonstration – which also showcased upload speeds of 100Mbps by aggregating two spectrum bands – took place at the operator’s labs in Paris using Huawei’s radio access platform equipped with its SRAN 11 software, in addition to Bouygues’ commercial IP and fibre networks. The trial also featured MIMO 4×4 technology and 256 QAM modulation. Network Director Jean-Paul Arzel said the test results ‘confirm our strategy of innovation and investment in the best technologies to improve our customers’ 4G quality of experience and to support their growing usages.’
TeleGeography notes that Bouygues Telecom launched LTE services in 800MHz/2600MHz bands in May 2013, followed by 4G deployment in the 1800MHz band in October 2013. The company trialled tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) technology in February 2015, followed by a commercial launch in September 2013, while voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) was introduced in December.