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T-Mobile and Ericsson break 1 Gbps


T-Mobile and Ericsson have become the first to break the 1 Gbps barrier on unlicensed spectrum using 12-layer License Assisted Access (LAA) technology. This novel innovation will allow carriers to offer gigabit speed service to even more operators.

“Breaking the 1 Gbps-mark means that commercial gigabit speeds are not far from reality for many broadband users, with our LAA and MIMO technologies as key enablers. It is also an example of how innovatively we work with partners to push the boundaries of technology and achieve new milestones,” said Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of business area networks at Ericsson.

In addition to LAA technology, this landmark was achieved by combining 256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO and aggregating two licensed carriers and three unlicensed carriers. Previously, LAA has been demonstrated on 10 layers, with speeds not surpassing 1 Gbps.

According to Ericsson, its technology “gives operators the opportunity to deploy LTE on the 5GHz unlicensed band in outdoor micro cell environments. Using LAA, the unlicensed carriers on these radios can be aggregated with licensed carriers on the micro cells or on nearby macro cells.”



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