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.
Qualcomm Adds LTE Cat 9 to Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm today announced it has improved the Snapdragon 810 processor by incorporating an LTE Category 9 Carrier Aggregation modem. With LTE Cat 9 on board, Qualcomm claims the 810 has reached download speeds of 450Mbps over three 20MHz LTE carriers in lab-based tests.
Sprint Claims to Reach 300Mbps Downloads with Galaxy S7
Sprint today said it was able to achieve peak LTE speeds reaching 300Mbps on the downlink with the Samsung Galaxy S7. The phone, says Sprint, is among the first to support three-channel carrier aggregation, a feature in LTE-Advanced.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
Intel Claims LTE Modem to Deliver 1 Gigabit Speeds
Intel today announced the XMM 7560 LTE modem, a fifth-generation wireless radio that can produce broadband-like speeds in a variety of mobile devices. The XMM 7560 is manufactured using Intel's 14nm process and supports LTE Advanced Category 16 for downloads up to 1 Gbps and Category 13 for uploads up to 225 Mbps.
At some point T-mobile will want to have similar speeds as LTE to compete, and this may allow them to do so.