LG U+ (formerly LG Telecom) announced last week that it had successfully demonstrated an advanced “LTE” network in the unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U), which supports download speeds up to 600 Mbps (megabits per second), which is eight times faster than regular 4G.
LG U+ achieves 600 Mbps on a mobile network
LTE-U is a new technology that can use the 5.8 GHz unlicensed spectrum, which has also been used by Wi-Fi, over an LTE (4G) network. It supports up to 600 Mbps data transmission speeds, which is twice that of the so-called tri-band LTE-A also being provided by LG U+ and other operators around the world.
For the technically-minded, the company has combined 60 MHz broadband in the 5.8 GHz spectrum and 20 MHz bandwidth in the broadband LTE spectrum using carrier aggregation (CA) technology.
LG U+ is the first mobile operator in the world using the 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum with the LTE-U network, after it had developed the technology in October last year. Based on the demonstration just carried out, the South Korean electronics giant plans to expand use of the 5.8 GHz unlicensed spectrum to 80 MHz bandwidth to go even faster – up to 750 Mbps download speeds.
LG U+ Service Development Division head Lee Sang-min reportedly said “LG U+ developed and demonstrated LTE-U for the first time in the world last year, and is leading the LTE technology race once again by realising 600 Mbps, the fastest data transmission speed used in a commercial mobile network”.
In the next five years or so, we’re also expecting the gradual introduction of 5G mobile networks – check out our related post to find out more about the new mobile technology.
SOURCE: Business Korea