There no doubt that mobile data speeds will be significantly faster than they are today. Carriers and network equipment companies are working hard to provide gigabit-standard speeds for mobile devices. To that end, Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm have made an announcement highlighting their latest achievement. They have been able to hit a new LTE wireless broadband speed record of 1.07 Gbps.
They were able to reach such high speeds by using only three 20MHz carriers of Frequency Division Duplex spectrum with separate transmit and receive frequencies.
Verizon, Ericcson, and Qualcomm were able to achieve this LTE speed record by using 12 simultaneous LTE streams which enable up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a similar improvement in the average speed.
“As technology leaders, Verizon continues to drive innovation for our customers. Today’s achievement shows once again that while Verizon deploys the most advanced technologies to our customers in the real world environment, we are always looking ahead to what customers will need tomorrow,” Verizon said in a statement.
Just because gigabit LTE speeds have been achieved in test environments doesn’t mean we can have access to them right away. Most users will have to make do with LTE speeds ranging from 100 to 300 Mbps right now, depending on their carrier’s performance in their area.
Moreover, smartphones with support for gigabit LTE aren’t really that common right now so it’s going to be a while before gigabit LTE becomes the new normal.