Nokia and T-Mobile join forces to reach LTE speeds near 1 Gbps

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Nokia and T-Mobile have been working together on demonstrations to reach LTE speeds of nearly one Gbps.

Nokia used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 to announce that it has achieved LTE speeds near one Gigabits per second (Gbps) in partnership with T-Mobile during a demonstration using the former’s deployed 4.5G Pro technology.

The demonstration, conducted at T-Mobile's lab, encompassed technologies currently live in the operator's network, including carrier aggregation, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4×4 MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output) on Nokia's commercially available radio access hardware.

Nokia said that with the availability of Category 16 devices, it will be possible to achieve nearly one Gbps speeds when combining all three of these technologies, which the joint demonstration of Nokia's 4.5G Pro successfully proved.

Nokia 4.5G Pro and 4.9G were launched in September 2016. The firm said these technologies highlighted the company's “innovations in achieving ultra-high speeds and in enabling operators to significantly enhance LTE and prepare for the path to 5G”.

According to the company, the technology will allow leading mobile operators to take advantage of major increases in speed and capacity where and when they need it.

Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile, said: “We demonstrated nearly one Gbps speeds over the air on LTE with our long-standing strategic partner, Nokia, to show how much more our network can do to achieve higher speeds and superior performance.”

Ricky Corker, executive vice-president and head of North America at Nokia, added: “We are committed to supporting T-Mobile with our latest technology innovations, and working alongside them to show what the future of mobile communications can be for their un-carrier customers.”

Mr Corker went on to say that use of three-carrier component aggregation with 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM is the perfect solution for T-Mobile as it aims to optimise network performance with the available spectrum.

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