Ericsson Claims Three HSPA Firsts, Including 168Mbps Download
Ericsson today announced that it has completed three different trials that it says are the first to achieve new records for HSPA (high-speed packet access). Using multi-carrier HSPA, Ericsson reached 168Mbps on the downlink and 24Mbps on the uplink using prototype consumer equipment and commercial network equipment. Using dual-carrier HSPA (two 5MHz channels), Ericsson hit 84Mbps on the downlink with commercial network products. Using single-carrier HSPA (one 5MHz channel), Ericsson reached 42Mbps using commercial products and a consumer device. All speeds are theoretical maximums, end-user speeds will be slower and vary upon a number of conditions. Ericsson says network operators will start to deploy its single-carrier 42Mbps and dual-carrier 84Mbps technologies this year. In the U.S., T-Mobile has said that it plans to upgrade is HSPA+ network from 21Mbps to 42Mbps this year.
At some point T-mobile will want to have similar speeds as LTE to compete, and this may allow them to do so.