Over the past 12 months, mobile network operators and their vendor partners have being deploying a range of technology features that together enable very high theoretical peak downstream speeds to be achieved. The industry is focusing in particular on three technologies from the LTE-Advanced tool-kit – Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256QAM modulation in the downlink – that if used together, and with sufficient aggregated bandwidth, can deliver maximum peak downlink speeds approaching, or even exceeding, 1 Gbit/s. Such networks are often described as “Gigabit LTE networks” mirroring a term that is also used in the fixed broadband industry.
This new GSA report tracks the progress to Gigbit LTE networks.
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