Nokia Siemens Networks hits 1.4 Gbps using LTE-Advanced, shows us the future

Nokia Siemens Networks, who isn’t exactly a market leader in terms of the amount of revenues involved in the mobile infrastructure game, is widely respected as being a leader when it comes to research and development. They just demonstrated a 1.4 gigabit per second connection using LTE-Advanced and 100 MHz worth of spectrum. As impressive as that figure sounds, we need to put it into some perspective. Eight months ago, to the day, we filed a report about Ericsson’s LTE-Advanced demo. They used 60 MHz worth of spectrum and were able to hit over 950 Mbps in a moving van. So that’s 60% of the spectrum NSN used, yet 68% as fast as NSN’s test, which by the way was done in a laboratory under perfect conditions. Can you see why Ericsson gets all the contracts? Just last week they announced their own “industry first”, they were able to triple the upload speed of HSPA using just software.

Anyway, the bigger question is when are we going to see LTE-Advanced networks in the wild? If you believe Dish Network, then it’s going to happen next year in the United States. Though to be perfectly honest, we don’t think LTE-Advanced will really take off until 2014 or so. Even then, operators don’t have 100 MHz worth of spectrum to throw at a network. Verizon’s 4G LTE network, arguably the biggest and baddest 4G LTE network in the world, uses two 10 MHz channels in several markets. They’d like to use more spectrum, and they’re currently trying to buy some more, but they’re rightfully getting some push back from T-Mobile who wants the market to remain competitive.

So long story short: NSN wrote a fantastic press release that’s going to get a lot of coverage, yet at the same time the technology is several years away. Assuming LTE-Advanced went live right now, what the hell are you going to do with a 1.4 gigabit per second in your smartphone anyway?

  • I think the point is cell capacity, not max throughput per user. These added capacity means more users at higher speeds with one single cell. Also Ericsson’s “triple” speed in HSPA was only in Uplink, showing 12Mbps, which is teoretically available at the moment with other verndors as well. They just used whatever they could to try to counter attack NSN’s HSPA Multiflow, which does duplicates HSPA throughput at cell edge, which is the major problem in every HSPA network!

  • “Assuming LTE-Advanced went live right now, what the hell are you going to do with a 1.4 gigabit per second in your smartphone anyway? ”

    Blow through my 2GB data plan in 1.42 seconds.

    I have no idea why it posted as that account. :-/

  • Brunonero

    Is this why NSN has, like, 52 commercial LTE contracts, and that company that “gets all the contracts” has, errrr, a lot fewer?

    Do some basic research before the easy throwaway line. The writing’s good, the attention to detail sucks…

  • Rob in APAC

    For a blogger based out of Finland – was this an independent and objective review?

  • Bogdan247

    He’s semi-bashing Nokia. Have you read the article?

  • Yuda Luz

    The point was using the current commercial platform!

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