STOCKHOLM -- Ericsson has provided A1 Telekom Austria, the largest operator in the country, with Austria’s first commercially launched 2x20 MHz carrier aggregation system for 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. Austria’s largest telecom operator, A1 Telekom has deployed the service in the city of Graz and plans to increase the footprint for 800 MHz/2.6 GHz CA by rolling out to other cities during 2015. Users will enjoy download speeds of up to 300 mbps on the A1 Telekom LTE network.
Carrier aggregation is a crucial component for the evolution of LTE Advanced. By means of this specific 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz carrier aggregation, peak and median downlink data rates and capacity will be increased, so that more people can use high-speed internet.
This will significantly improve indoor coverage, as well as consumer services such as video and enterprise applications, accelerating downloads, improving video streams and optimizing app performance for users.
The operator’s LTE network currently covers 60 percent of the Austrian population. As one of the first European operators A1 Telekom Austria is deploying LTE on 800 MHz frequencies both to provide remote rural areas with broadband, and also complementing 2.6 GHz LTE to improve indoor coverage in urban areas. Thanks to the 6-cell support functionality, a typical combined mobile site can provide 3 cells with 800 MHz while 3 more cells transmit on the 2.6 GHz frequency band.
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