Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm Record 1.07 Gbps Gigabit LTE Speeds

Technology giants Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have finally broken the Gigabit speed barrier. The companies have achieved, 1.07 Gbps download speeds using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem, the first announced modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds. These results were recorded at the Ericsson lab.

This 1.07 Gbps achievement builds on Verizon’s recent announcement about Gigabit LTE with support for License Assisted Access (LAA). Also of significance, the 1.07 Gbps speed was achieved using only three 20 MHz carriers of FDD (Frequency Division Duplex using separate transmit and receive frequencies) spectrum, achieving new levels of spectral efficiency for commercial networks and devices. These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the Gigabit class experience to more customers and lead to new wireless innovations.

The companies achieved the 1.07 Gbps industry milestone by using 12 simultaneous LTE streams, which allow for up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a corresponding improvement in average speeds. Ericsson’s Radio System and LTE software, in concert with a mobile test device based on the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, enabled these high speeds.

In the lab, the 1.07 Gbps speeds were achieved using all licensed band combinations with:

  • 12 LTE streams with 3 cell carrier aggregation of FDD spectrum
  • 4x4 MIMO per carrier (multiple in, multiple out), which uses multiple antennae at the cell tower and on consumers devices to optimize data speeds
  • 256 QAM per carrier, which enables customer devices and the network to exchange information in large amounts, delivering more bits of data in each transmission, significantly enhancing data speeds

The co-ordinated effort by the companies is an important milestone on the path to 5G and will allow for better average speeds for all users, driving new and exciting consumer experiences.

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