EE partners with Qualcomm to test 5G over seven combined spectrum carriers

21 Apr 2022

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE claims to have become the first European cellco to deliver 5G successfully over seven combined spectrum carriers, saying the development had seen it achieve its fastest downlink speeds to date. In a press release regarding the development, the MNO said it had aggregated a 5G signal using seven different spectrum carriers, five 4G LTE carriers and two 5G carriers, the last-named comprising its existing 3.4GHz and new 3.6GHz 5G channels. With 5G data speeds topping 2.2Gbps in lab testing, the company said it expects real-world speeds of over 1.7Gbps on its network. Meanwhile, it suggested the innovation will mean a major boost in 5G network capacity, with it using a total of 170MHz of bandwidth. EE worked in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies at BT’s Borehamwood lab on the development, with the mobile test device featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System.

Commenting, David Salam, Director of Mobile at EE, said: ‘Our commitment to technology investment and innovation, coupled with our leading 5G footprint, continues to see the EE network offer and sustain the best overall 5G experience in the UK. By pooling our research expertise with Qualcomm Technologies, we have been able to further enhance the EE network and will start to deliver some of Europe’s fastest 5G speeds in our major cities.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), EE, Qualcomm