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Ericsson Speeds HSPA Evolution Up to 42Mbps

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Dec 17, 2009, 11:38 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today Ericsson noted that it has successfully reached peak download speeds of 42Mbps on its commercially available HSPA Evolution networking equipment. The previous top speed of HSPA Evolution was 28Mbps. According to Ericsson, operators only need to upgrade the software of their HSPA equipment to enable HSPA Evolution. Ericsson recently announced the launch of the first Long Term Evolution network, which is being run by TeliaSonera in Stockholm, Sweden. HSPA Evolution is the last step in the 3G evolution chain before LTE.

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Dec 19, 2009, 9:42 PM

This could beat WiMAX

For downloads at least. To my knowledge HSUPA is still limited to 5.76 Mbps per cell at this point, but 42 Mbps means that, in real-world conditions, 20-25 Mbps should be very doable, assuming there's 40+ Mbps going to the tower.

The downside? Uploads will probably be in the same 2 Mbps range that they are right now with the current HSPA tech. So we're looking at a DOCSIS channel's worth of download capacity and half a DOCSIS 1.1 channel of upload capacity. Still, 20/2 in the real world is about 40% of what you can get right now on LTE, and it's a tad faster than current WiMAX implementations on the download side. That said, if Clear decides to turn off the 1 Mbps upload cap on their WiMAX service they can leave HSPA+ in the dust, in its ...

Dec 17, 2009, 9:32 PM


Wow! Too bad it doesn't hold a candle to our blazing 100Kbps here in the States.

Dec 17, 2009, 8:02 PM

42m thats more like it

I expected the real world to be less than 100Mbps. Nothing jumps that fast. 7.2 HSDPA on att in the real world is half that (3.6). Its the same thing with my home internet connection, never as fast as advertised. I bet FCC regulated at best gives us 20Mbps in the good ole slow US of A


Dec 17, 2009, 11:53 AM

If this is successfully done right here in US

We will see alot of price wars in Broadband and speeds that we need considering a good bit of the nation still doesn't have speeds better than 3megs. Just my 2cents.
I love price wars! ! ! I'm only paying Clear $40/mo, I think that's an ok price.
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