Ericsson pushes Gigabit-LTE for faster video downloads, mission-critical apps
Ericsson is touting a new version of LTE that will make 1-Gigabit speeds possible for LTE networks.
Called Gigabit-LTE, this version of LTE will allow operators to deliver extremely fast speeds for tasks such as downloading video or for enterprises looking for fast network access for mission-critical applications.
Arun Bansal, head of Ericsson's radio network unit, said during a webcast to announce the product that operators that want to deploy 1-Gigabit LTE will need to have at least 60 MHz of spectrum and a robust system of carrier aggregation. Other features include:
- 4x4 MIMO on 20 MHz of spectrum in mid and high bands
- 2x2 MIMO in low bands
- 256 QUAM
- 1.4 GHz supplemental downlink band
"1-Gig capability gives you enormous value," Bansal said. "It will only take 5 seconds to download a full season of a TV program," he added, noting that the technology also will benefit new services such as 4K high-definition video.