Gigabit speeds blast to 1.07 Gbps in North America

Created August 31, 2017
Technologies and Products

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have crashed through the gigabit speed barrier. The companies achieved an industry first with commercial silicon and network infrastructure with 1.07Gbps download speeds using the Qualcomm SnapdragonTMX20 LTE Modem, the first announced modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds, during an Ericsson lab trial.

This 1.07 Gbps achievement builds on the recent announcement about Gigabit LTE with support for License Assisted Access. Also of significance, the 1.07 Gbps speed was achieved using only three 20MHz carriers of Frequency Division Duplex using separate transmit and receive frequencies, achieving new levels of spectral efficiency for commercial networks and devices.

The partners say that these efficiencies will enable the delivery of the gigabit class experience to more customers and ultimately lead to new wireless innovations.

The companies achieved the 1.07 Gbps industry milestone by using 12 simultaneous LTE streams, which allow for up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a corresponding improvement in average speeds. Ericsson’s Radio System and LTE software, in concert with a mobile test device based on the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, enabled these high speeds.

Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, said, “We are working across the industry to improve the end-user experience and to develop new functionalities and advancements with greater spectral efficiency on LTE. Achieving 1.07 Gbps with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies on a commercial chipset is a big milestone on the road to 5G.”

Mike Finley, senior VP and president, Qualcomm North America, added, “Our work with Verizon and Ericsson has allowed us to be first in surpassing the gigabit speed barrier with our Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. This is an important milestone on the path to 5G that will allow for better average speeds for all users and will drive new and exciting consumer experiences.”


This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.