Qualcomm and T-Mobile showcase Gigabit Class LTE, expands to 430 markets


With a plenty of room for improvement in LTE, at an event for media and analysts in the San Jose Convention Center, Qualcomm 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.

The Uncarrier has announced that the advanced LTE has expanded to more than 920 markets, while the gigabit LTE (carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256 QAM) is live in 430 markets. Just as the name suggests, Advanced LTE builds up the regular LTE with increased stability, bandwidth, and speeds.

T-Mobile has also unveiled its plans for launching License Assisted Access (LAA) which is another advanced LTE technology tapping into an unlicensed spectrum for further improve the capacity and speeds. Qualcomm says that it has achieved the Gigabit LTE when you combine the combination of carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256 QAM technologies.

T-Mobile has been rolling out LTE Advanced technologies in the network since 2014 and was first globally with 4X4 MIMO and first in the US with 256 QAM back in the day. However, T-Mobile has made sure not to confuse Gigabit LTE with 5G as both Qualcomm and T-Mobile have said that it will pave the way for 5G with a solid upgradable infrastructure.

T-Mobile and Qualcomm at the event have demonstrated Flawless streaming of 3D virtual reality sports and entertainment events by NextVR, Near instantaneous access to files in cloud storage all this was done on Gigabit LTE supported phones like the Galaxy S8, Moto Z2 Force Edition, and LG V30 on T-Mobile’s  LTE Advanced network.

Mike Finley, senior vice president, and president, Qualcomm North America and Australia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc said,

Global momentum for Gigabit Class LTE is continuing to pick up around the world, and we’re delighted that T-Mobile is planning to deliver gigabit connectivity to millions of consumers in the United States,”. “In addition to providing blazing fast mobile connectivity, Gigabit Class LTE enables operators to expand network capacity to accommodate increasing demands by unlimited data plans, and increases overall spectral efficiency, enabling faster speeds for all users in the network.

Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile, said,

This is what I’m talking about when I say T-Mobile has America’s best unlimited network and the only one purpose built for unlimited. Not only do we have a nationwide LTE footprint that’s every bit as broad as the Duopoly’s, and the fastest according to multiple third parties — it also keeps getting faster. Gigabit Class LTE technology is part of the secret sauce behind our success – and why others are struggling under the weight of unlimited – and we’re only continuing to advance with LAA on the horizon.

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