Greek telco Cosmote and Swedish vendor Ericsson have demonstrated download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps on the Cosmote 4G LTE network. The downlink speeds were achieved by aggregating three carriers with a total of 60MHz of spectrum (3×20MHz), with 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM technologies, delivered to a Cobham Aeroflex TM500 mobile device. George Pappas, head of Ericsson in Greece, said: ‘The latest Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 4.6 billion LTE subscriptions globally by the end of 2022. Technologies such as 256 QAM downlink and carrier aggregation are essential for delivering high-quality LTE experiences to subscribers in Greece and other markets around the world.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Cosmote launched its first 1800MHz LTE services in November 2012, adding LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz ranges three years later. 500Mbps LTE-A services were launched in a number of Greek cities in December 2016.