EE Showcases Europe’s First Commercial Gigabit LTE

EE Showcases Europe’s First Commercial Gigabit LTE Image Credit: Sony

EE this week showcased Gigabit LTE mobile broadband in London using Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium smartphone that is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform.

During the event at the Wembley Stadium, the companies showcased download speeds of 750Mbps and also demonstrated benefits of Gigabit LTE in four real-life use cases:

1) streaming 4K HDR10 content from Amazon Prime.

2) speed improvements for downloading large files via Google Drive

3) download of music/video files for offline use, and

4) a network simulation showcasing the network-wide benefits of deploying Gigabit LTE.

EE has switched on the latest upgrades to its 4G network in Cardiff and London’s Tech City, and will be rolling out to more major cities throughout 2017 and 2018. EE claims to be the first network in the UK to support 'Cat 16’ mobile devices with Gigabit LTE.

Gigabit LTE is enabled by LTE Advanced features including 4x4 MIMO, 3xCA (Three Carrier Aggregation) and 256-QAM higher order modulation.

Roberto Di Pietro, VP, Business Development, Qualcomm Europe
Gigabit LTE is not simply about headline data download speeds, it’s about bringing real-life benefits to the everyday user, regardless of the device they are using right now and forms the first major step towards 5G. 

Tom Bennett, Director, Network Services and Devices, EE 
Peak speeds get all the headlines, and their importance is simple: the higher the peak speed on our network, the better the average speed for every customer. And better average throughput means customers are doing more and getting their content more quickly and more consistently - and that means they’re happier.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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