T-Mobile hits speeds of 673Mbps in Gigabit LTE demo


US operator T-Mobile has demonstrated real world LTE speeds topping 673Mbps in partnership with Qualcomm aimed at demonstrating the power and speed of Gigabit LTE.

Neville Ray 160x186The demonstration came as Deutsche
Telekom’s US unit announced the deployment of
higher speed LTE Advanced services in 920 markets across the
US, with 430 of these Gigabit LTE-ready. T-Mobile also unveiled
plans to launch license assisted access (LAA) technology, which
uses unlicensed spectrum, on small cells later this year.

The Gigabit LTE demonstration combined three technologies
seen as key stepping stones in the development of 5G: carrier
aggregation, 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and

“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,” claimed Neville Ray,
chief technology officer, T-Mobile. 

“Not only do we have a nationwide LTE footprint
that’s every bit as broad as the
“Duopoly’s” (AT&T and Verizon), 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

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, the operator claims. It has more
than doubled its LTE Advanced footprint since last year.

“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,” said Mike Finley,
senior vice president and president, Qualcomm North America and

“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.”

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