3GPP Approves LTE Specification
A final set of specifications for Long Term Evolution has been approved by the 3GPP. LTE, which uses OFDM and advanced antenna technologies such as Multiple Input Multiple Output, is the next evolutionary step in the HSPA technology path. LTE will enable downlink peak speeds of 326 Mbps and uplink peak speeds of 86 Mbps, both with 20 MHz of bandwidth. It also reduces latency to a 10-millisecond round trip between handsets and the base station. So far Verizon Wireless is the only U.S. network operator to formally declare LTE as its 4G technology of choice.
T-Mobile Claims LTE-A Lab Downloads Reach 1.175 Gbps
T-Mobile and its technology partners Nokia and Qualcomm today said they've reached peak download speeds in excess of 1.175 Gbps using LTE-A equipment in a lab. In order to reach these speeds, T-Mobile and its partners used the "4.9G" Nokia AirScale Base Station together with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem mobile test device.
Verizon Claims Real-World Speed of 953 Mbps in LTE-LAA Trial
Verizon Wireless says it has attained peak download speeds as high as 953 Mbps in a field test conducted on Boca Raton, Fla. The test was completed with commercially available equipment from Ericsson and Qualcomm using Verizon's cell tower and backhaul.
Qualcomm Develops 5G Test Platform
Qualcomm has created what it calls a prototype 5G system and trial platform. The 5G New Radio (NR) prototype is able to function across a wide range of spectrum bands, primarily below 6 GHz, and can achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.
Verizon Says LTE-Advanced Features On Deck for 2015
Verizon Wireless has a number of improvements to its LTE network planned for 2015 that will boost coverage, capacity, and speeds, according to Mike Haberman, vice president of network support for Verizon. First, Verizon will implement carrier aggregation, which pairs disparate spectrum bands so they act as one.
LTE only for Verizon - WRONG!