Qualcomm Technologies and T-Mobile have demonstrated the speed and power of Gigabit Class LTE on T-Mobile’s network with flagship smartphones powered by Snapdragon Gigabit LTE modems.
LTE Advanced, the next generation of LTE, has expanded to more than 920 markets. But in 430 of the markets, T-Mobile’s network sports a combination of three technologies – carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM, which doubles the speed again. The carrier calls that service Gigabit Class LTE.
T-Mobile also unveiled plans to launch License Assisted Access (LAA), another advanced LTE technology that taps into unlicensed spectrum, on small cells this year to further densify the network for even more capacity and speed.
“With LTE Advanced, you can up to double your previous download speeds,” the carrier said. “With the combination of carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM, speeds can up to double again.”
Along with sufficient spectrum and backhaul, Gigabit Class LTE is achieved by simultaneously accessing this trifecta of LTE Advanced technologies in both the device and the network to increase capacity, improve spectral efficiency, reduce congestion, and ultimately deliver faster real-world speeds. That means T-Mobile customers with capable devices could get Gigabit Class LTE download speeds.
T-Mobile has more than doubled its LTE Advanced footprint since last year and is expanding the technology trifecta in its nationwide LTE network. In addition, the capacity and speed capabilities of T-Mobile’s LAA small cell deployment pave the way for 5G with a dense upgradable infrastructure. Earlier this year, T-Mobile was the first to launch LTE-U, the precursor to LAA, in select locations.