Qualcomm & T-Mobile Collaborates to Spread Gigabit LTE in 430 Markets
Nov 11 2017 by Joanne Wise
U.S. operator T-Mobile has demonstrated real world LTE speeds topping 673Mbps in partnership with Qualcomm aimed at demonstrating the power and speed of Gigabit LTE.
To make LTE Advanced happen, the T-Mobile network had to be upgraded using technologies such as 4X4 MIMO which increase the number of radio transactions occurring in parallel. The carrier also says that it plans to launch License Assisted Access known as LAA, which is another LTE Advanced technology able to tap into unlicensed spectrum on small cells this year.
Of course, devices used in the demos are powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with X16 LTE-Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Moto Z2 Force Edition and LG V30-on T-Mobile's LTE-A network.
"Not only do we have a nationwide LTE footprint that's every bit as broad as the Duopoly's, and the fastest according to multiple third parties - it also keeps getting faster", said Neville Ray, T-Mobile chief technology officer, in a prepared statement.
In San Jose, California, T-Mobile and Qualcomm jointly announced that T-Mobile users across hundreds of markets would see their maximum broadband speed climb, thanks to the roll out of a combination of technologies from both companies. It has more than doubled its LTE Advanced footprint since a year ago. Those three features are live in 430 of the markets with the LTE Advanced networks in place, providing Gigabit-class speeds.
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"Global momentum for gigabit Class LTE is continuing to pick up around the world, and we're delighted that T-Mobile is planning to deliver gigabit connectivity to millions of consumers in the United States", said Mike Finley, Qualcomm's senior VP and and president, in a statement.
Some of the benefits outlined by demonstrators were things like greater network capacity, super fast downloads of media, and nearly instant access to files stored in the cloud.
Beyond improving today's networks, Gigabit Class LTE is an important milestone on the path to 5G, providing a solid foundation on which 5G networks will be built.
There are other major carriers getting into gigabit LTE including Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. these companies are also investing in the expansion. That said, not all phones will support gigabit LTE. To qualify, customers need two or more paid voice lines on T-Mobile One. Through an exclusive partnership with Netflix, T-Mobile One family plans come with Netflix at no extra charge. The test resulted in download speeds of 611.33 Mbps and upload speeds of 47.35 Mbps.