4G LTE-A mobile broadband test by EE yields 410Mbps speeds

EE is proceeding with its plans to introduce a new variant of the latest LTE-Advanced based 4G network, capable of delivering 400Mbps. The mobile operator planing to introduce this version at the Wembley Stadium in 2015 has possibly taken a step forward by conducting the LTE-Category 9 Carrier-Aggregation Interoperability Test. The test was conducted with Qualcomm and Huawei and was successful, as 410Mbps download speeds were achieved at peaks. This LTE-Category 9 test is one of the first announced successful completion of the interoperability test with Europe’s major solution providers and mobile operators.

EE has already rolled-out a bit slower version of this LTE-A technology in London, delivering 90Mbps on average. Thanks to the new Carrier Aggregation mode, LTE-Advanced technology has effectively doubled capacity and thus performance too. EE combined 20MHz of their existing 1800MHz band and 20MHz of the latest 2.6GHz band to achieve the speed. But to reach 400 Mbps+ speeds, operators should adopt LTE-Category 9 connectivity with a 3-Carrier downlink aggregation. So, EE had to use a third carrier of 15MHz from the same 2.6GHz band, to achieve the announced results. Only hitch is that consumers need to have LTE-A Category 9 compatible hardware to realise such speeds.

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