Verizon First to Surpass Gigabit LTE Speeds, Showcases 1.07Gbps in LTE-A Pro Lab Trial

Verizon First to Surpass Gigabit LTE Speeds, Showcases 1.07Gbps in LTE-A Pro Lab Trial Image Credit: Verizon

Verizon, the largest mobile operator in the US, in partnership with Ericsson and Qualcomm, has surpassed the Gigabit speed barrier in a LTE-Advanced Pro trial.

The operator showcased 1.07Gbps download speeds using the Qualcomm SnapdragonTMX20 LTE Modem (the first announced modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds) and Ericsson’s Radio System and LTE software, during an Ericsson lab trial. 

This 1.07 Gbps achievement builds on Verizon’s recent announcement about Gigabit LTE with support for License Assisted Access (LAA). Also of significance, the 1.07 Gbps speed was achieved using only three 20MHz carriers of FDD (Frequency Division Duplex using separate transmit and receive frequencies) spectrum, achieving new levels of spectral efficiency for commercial networks and devices. 

These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the Gigabit class experience to more customers and lead to new wireless innovations, said Verizon.

The companies achieved the 1.07 Gbps industry milestone by combining 12 LTE streams with 3 cell carrier aggregation of FDD spectrum, 4x4 MIMO per carrier (multiple in, multiple out) and 256 QAM per carrier.

Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Officer, Verizon Wireless
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.

Fredrik Jejdling, Head, Business Area Networks, Ericsson 
Ericsson is working across the industry to improve the end-user experience and to develop new functionalities and advancements with greater spectral efficiency on LTE. Achieving 1.07 Gbps with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies on a commercial chipset is a big milestone on the road to 5G.

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), or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma


Ooredoo Group Taps Ranplan's RF Indoor Planning Tool for DAS and Small Cell Hetnets


Telenor, Telia Sign Managed Services Deal with Nokia for Management of Joint RAN in Denmark



Artelligence 2019

Telco AI Summit Asia

Network Virtualization and SDN Asia

Network Virtualization & SDN Americas