Having previously announced the switch-on of ‘the next generation of its 4G+ network’ earlier this month, British mobile network operator (MNO) EE has reportedly achieved a new peak download speed in a demonstration of the infrastructure carried out in partnership with Qualcomm Technologies and Sony Mobile Communications.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, at the start of June 2017 the MNO introduced enhanced network capability in Cardiff and the Tech City area of London; to do so, it said it was using a combination of 30MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 35MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum, with the former being delivered using 4×4 MIMO, while the cell sites where the new, higher speeds had been made available were also broadcasting 4G using 256QAM to increase spectrum efficiency.
Now, in the latest showcasing of the technology at Wembley Stadium, EE and its partners recorded live download and upload speeds of 750Mbps and 110Mbps, respectively, using Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium handset. By comparison, in last month’s demonstration in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, live download speeds of 429Mbps were reported using the same device. Meanwhile, the latest event was said to have ‘showcased the benefits of Gigabit LTE in four real-life use cases’, with those including the streaming of 4K HDR10 video content from Amazon Prime Video and the downloading of large files via Google Drive.
Looking ahead, EE has previously said that it aims to introduce the technology upgrade this year at sites in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh city centres, as well as central London, while it is expected to roll out to ‘more major cities’ in 2018.