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Verizon & Friends Bust Through Gigabit LTE in the Lab

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm said Monday that they have hit 1.07 Gbit/s in Gigabit LTE tests in the lab, as the operator readies for commercial launch sometime this year.

The trio are claiming an "industry first" breaking through the Gigabit speed barrier in an Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) lab test. The test used a Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) Snapdragon TMX20 LTE modem, which supports so-called category 18 LTE speeds.

The companies reached 1.07 Gbit/s by using 12 simultaneous LTE streams on three bonded 20MHz channels (3CA). Ericsson says its radio system and LTE software -- along with the X20 modem -- allowed the test system an "up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a corresponding improvement in average speeds," the Swedish vendor says in a statement.

Operators' tests of "Gigabit LTE" have mostly achieved speeds of more than 700 Mbit/s on the downloads. Consumers, however, won't see anything like 1 Gbit/s on real-life networks. As compatible devices arrive, users will likely see speeds between 100 and 300 Mbit/s, depending on network conditions, in other words, more than triple the download speeds of most LTE devices on the network today. (See Gigabit LTE Takes to the Air and When Is a Gig Not a Gig? When It's Gigabit LTE!)

In the lab, the 1.07 Gbit/s speeds were achieved using licensed spectrum band combinations with the now typical Gigabit LTE laundry list of 4x4 multiple input, multiple output antennas (MIMO) and 256 QAM modulation of each carrier (radio) signal.

Verizon is clearly preparing to launch Gigabit LTE in as-yet unknown markets in the US. The carrier sent Light Reading a a Gigabit LTE-capable device, the Motorola Z2 Play, last week to check out. The rep noted, however, that Big Red hasn't deployed Gigabit LTE "just yet."

Verizon has so far committed to deploying Gigabit LTE using a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

KBode 8/21/2017 | 6:55:30 PM
Mbps... "As compatible devices arrive, users will likely see speeds between 100 and 300 Mbit/s, depending on network conditions, in other words."

Still feel lke I'd settle for 10 Mbps in exchange for a price cut, but these improvements are impressive all the same. 
HeadofVi31041 8/22/2017 | 6:46:31 AM
Moto Z2 Play Too bad you couldn't test the Gigabit LTE capabilities on that Moto Z2 Play review! 
JDonahue 8/22/2017 | 8:22:21 AM
Next Up It's about getting you off their network so the next request can be filled rather than about the speed for users.  Most users are already getting more speed than they can actually use.
DanJones 8/22/2017 | 11:13:29 AM
Re: Mbps... As a user it's a question of when to buy your next 4G LTE phone, because obviously you never buy a first generation 5G device, so you get maximum utility before it becomes obsolete. I think you want to wait for at least 3CA support, of course maximum MIMO, and probably support for 5GHz and 3,5GHZ bands.
DanJones 8/22/2017 | 11:16:13 AM
Re: Moto Z2 Play I've seen 600Mbit/s+ on the first Motorola Gigabit-class phone.
DanJones 8/22/2017 | 11:18:44 AM
Re: Next Up Yeah I can't think of an app that requires anything like this kind of horsepower today, doesn't mean it won't happen though!

 

A steady and RELIABLE 1-Mbit/s down is pretty good, no?
KBode 8/22/2017 | 5:08:28 PM
Re: Next Up I've been house-sitting in Seattle for a month as we transition here, and this house Comcast line is a pale comparison to my Verizon LTE line, even with this new video throttling they've implemented. I've actually been forced to use the Verizon LTE connection for work, since the Comcast line is so congested.
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