STOCKHOLM -- Mobile subscriptions are forecast to exceed the world's population in 2015, driving a significant growth in mobile data traffic, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report (June, 2014). Leading mobile operators are looking for innovative ways to increase the performance of their networks to handle this growth, while delivering a consistently great user experience. To address these operator challenges, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), SingTel and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have achieved an industry first with the live demonstration of FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation using commercial track hardware and software. The demonstration achieved 260 Mbps downlink speeds.
Tay Yeow Lian, Managing Director for Networks, SingTel says: "We are already using dual-layers of LTE FDD with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, and we know the performance of our mobile network is critical to ensuring that our customers have a great experience on their smartphones and tablets. Therefore, we will continue to explore the future option of bundling even TDD spectrum into the LTE carrier aggregation to expand network capacity, allowing our customers to enjoy consistent high data speed download even at high traffic areas. We are glad that Ericsson is making significant efforts to deliver innovations that keep us in the front position of such technology development. By working closely with Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson is moving FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation from a trial concept towards a commercial solution that we can plan to further differentiate our performance advantage in the future when the additional TDD spectrum is available."
The technical demonstration took place at the SingTel office in Singapore on October 3, 2014, utilizing a Qualcomm® Snapdragon(TM) 810 processor, a product of Qualcomm Technologies, and Ericsson high-performance LTE software designed to support the company's multi-standard RBS6000 family of base stations for macro and small-cell networks. In the demonstration, Ericsson aggregated 20 MHz of LTE FDD spectrum with 20 MHz of LTE TDD spectrum, supporting peak data rates up to 260 Mbps.
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