Sweden’s Ericsson has announced the demonstration of LTE speeds of 979Mbps downlink and 129Mbps uplink using a single device on Telstra’s live network, taking the mobile operator one step closer to delivering commercial Gigabit speeds over its Australian network. The demo, which was completed using a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem test device from Qualcomm Technologies, utilised LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation (CA), 64 QAM uplink, 256 QAM downlink and 4×4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technologies.
Commenting on the development, Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Networks, Mike Wright, said: ‘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.’