M1 and Huawei claims SEA’s fastest speeds
By Digital News Asia January 18, 2016
- Trials download speeds of 1Gbps+, upload speeds of 130Mbps+
- ‘The successful trial marks the beginning of 4.5G era in Singapore’
SINGAPORE telco M1 Ltd (M1) and China tech giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd claimed they have successfully achieved 4G (Fourth Generation) peak download speeds of more than 1Gbps, and peak upload speeds in excess of 130Mbps.
This is the first time Huawei and an operator have achieved such a high combined download and upload speed, the two said in a joint statement.
Current LTE CAT9 (Long-Term Evolution Category 9) devices, the most advanced 4G devices available commercially today, support download speeds of up to 450Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps, they added.
“Through technology innovation, we can further stretch the capability of current 4G technology, prior to the advent of 5G technology, to achieve an incredible peak download speed of more than 1Gbps,” said M1 chief technical officer Denis Seek.
“With more customers uploading and sharing content on social media and other channels, it is equally important to ensure we can deliver higher upload speeds.
“For this reason, we are also testing technology to deliver increased mobile upload speeds, to ensure we can meet their expectations,” he added.
The trial, performed in M1’s LTE Advanced test lab, was conducted using existing commercial hardware infrastructure supplied by Huawei and a prototype CAT14 device.
The trial was made possible through the innovative integration of four advanced network technologies: 3CC (three component carrier) aggregation, 4x4 MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output), Higher Order Modulation 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), and 2CC uplink carrier aggregation.
“The successful trial marks the beginning of 4.5G era in Singapore, demonstrating Huawei and M1’s continual innovation in delivering the benefits of the latest mobile technology advances to Singapore consumers,” said Wang Jun, president of LTE Networks at Huawei.
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