Similarly last year in March 2009, Ericsson set a world record on HSPA at the speed of 56Mbps.
Full press release after the jump.
At the recent GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson set two world records by showcasing 84 megabit per second High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology and the even faster 1.2 gigabit per second Long Term Evolution (LTE)/4G, nearly 100 times the speed typically available today.
Commenting on this, Krishnakumar Guda, President of Ericsson Malaysia, said: "What this means to the end users is that not only will faster speeds enable faster downloads and a richer user experience, it will also further the growth of mobile broadband, powered by connected devices such as modems, netbooks, smartphones, laptops, smart home appliances and so on. This milestone marks a new era in mobile broadband. We envision 50 billion connected devices by 2020, regardless of location or social status. Connectivity on the go is now not a want, but a must-have.
“We are setting records globally and in Malaysia, Ericsson is driving the uptake of LTE and has already achieved record-breaking speeds of up to 21Mbps with HSPA+ technology in this nation.”
For HSPA, on January 20, operator 3 in Scandinavia announced that it has chosen Ericsson for the rollout of its 84Mbps HSPA network. The rollout covers all of Denmark and four major cities in Sweden. First phase of the rollout starts first quarter 2010. Commercial deployments of HSPA with 84Mbps can be expected the first half of 2011.
On the LTE front, to date, Ericsson has signed commercial LTE contracts with the largest operators in the world, covering more than 240 million subscribers in total: AT&T in the US, Verizon in the US, TeliaSonera in Norway and Sweden (first live 4G/LTE deployment globally), MetroPCS in the US and DoCoMo in Japan.
This world first demonstration is utilizing Multi Carrier technology and Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output, MIMO, and runs on Ericsson commercial LTE hardware. By combining these technologies, speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second are possible. The demonstration uses four carriers of 20MHz each, totally 80MHz and 4×4 MIMO, data is sent over the air-interface on four independent bit-streams.
LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective way, optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum. With increased speed and low latency, consumers can enjoy a wide range of applications (real-time web, online gaming, social media collaboration and video conferencing) effortlessly and while on the move. LTE will meet the demands of new and enhanced mobile internet applications of the future.
Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson estimates to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.