Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

Meanwhile EE scores with 400Mbps at Wembley

MWC 2015 Qualcomm, Ericsson and Telstra are set to demonstrate a new tri-carrier LTE-A solution capable of delivering 600Mbps over mobile at this week's Mobile World Congress.

Nokia has already managed the same speeds using two carriers with a four-antenna MIMO. However, the Ericsson technology meets the specs of LTE CAT 11, and (so it says) is more a shippable product and less of a scientific experiment.

Like the Nokia MIMO solution, it uses 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).

The companies have cooperated on a number of key industry milestones and focused on delivering better app coverage to smartphone users, most recently achieving 450Mbps on a commercial end-to-end LTE solution.

"This new demonstration by Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies' provides assurances that the next step in network development is on track and enables us to effectively plan for the future," said a Telstra representative in a canned statement.

Wembley winnings

In a more here-and-now vein, EE demonstrated its CAT 9 400Mpbs carrier aggregation at Wembley Stadium, west London, at the end of last week. The trial is ongoing.

Once again Qualcomm is providing the chips, but this time it's Huawei kit. Those chips are Snapdragon 810s, and just like the Ericsson demonstration, its three frequency bands are aggregated.

To illustrate the future capabilities of the EE network, it has created a bespoke audiovisual installation at the stadium. This features multiple 4K and HD screens and high quality audio streaming to create an interactive Wembley gig experience, where you wander among phones showing footage of a Killers concert.

The 400Mbps service won’t be public, not least because there are no devices yet shipping which will support it, but Wembley will be getting EE’s “4H+” service which is LTE-A at 150Mbps. ®


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