Vodafone Ireland has achieved downlink transmission speeds of up to 1Gbps in a trial carried out over its Dublin-based networks, the Irish Independent has reported. According to Madalina Suceveanu, Vodafone Ireland’s chief technology officer, the tests utilised Ericsson radio equipment and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, rather than a commercially available handset. Ms. Suceveanu told the newspaper: ‘Achieving Gigabit speeds on our mobile network and the [soft] launch of NB-IoT in November 2016 are important milestones for Vodafone Ireland. We are preparing our mobile infrastructure for the future, which is helping us support Irish businesses to be at the forefront of connectivity, across both traditional mobile and connected machines. We are already in the process of preparing the wide scale roll-out of our commercial NB-IoT network this coming summer, the launch of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) later on this year, as well as pushing forward with achieving Gigabit speeds.’ The network innovations will be bankrolled by Vodafone’s new EUR500 million (USD530.9 million) investment drive over the next three years.