Ericsson and Qualcomm demonstrate Gigabit Class LTE in Africa Ericsson and Qualcomm demonstrate Gigabit Class LTE in Africa
New developments in LTE tech help Qualcomm and Ericsson lay the foundation of future 5G networks in Africa. Ericsson and Qualcomm demonstrate Gigabit Class LTE in Africa

LTE technology continues to improve: Qualcomm and Ericsson have just demonstrated gigabit-class LTE technology in Africa with a data transmission that hit peak speeds of “over 900Mbps”, using Ericsson’s Radio Access Network equipment and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE mobile modem in a test device.

This is according to a joint release put out by both companies this afternoon.

“The demonstration continues the long-term cooperation between Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to support African operators in bringing advanced communication technologies and enhanced user experience to their subscribers”, the release said.

Qualcomm’s vice president of business development James Munn called the achievement “…an important milestone on the road to Africa’s first 5G networks.”

The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is the first processor from Qualcomm to support LTE Advanced Pro, which is the next generation of LTE. It packs in all sorts of advanced features, like 4×4 MIMO, 4x carrier aggregation and Licensed Assist Access.

Jean-Claude Geha, Head of Region sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, says: “We strongly believe that we can contribute and support African operators to develop a sustainable African telecommunications industry where mobile communication dominates. We are proud to continue with our longstanding relationship with, Qualcomm Technologies, to demonstrate the Ericsson platform leading to future 5G deployments in Africa.”

[Source – Qualcomm, Ericsson]

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