NSN and Sprint set 2.6Gbps LTE speed record

Michelle Clancy | 06-02-2014

NSN and Sprint have demonstrated hit 2.6Gbps TD-LTE throughput, besting the previous speed record for the 4G technology by 63%.

NSN has aggregated 120 MHz of Sprint's TDD spectrum to achieve the speed using its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, which is currently used in commercial radio networks around the world.

The milestone is a critical one considering that by 2018 there will be nearly five billion mobile users worldwide, and mobile data traffic will increase nearly 11-fold to reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes. That's equivalent to four trillion YouTube clips, more than one daily video clip per person on earth for a year.

And by 2018, mobile video will represent 69% of global mobile data traffic, up from 53% in 2013.

"With demand for high speed mobile broadband services growing rapidly around the world, NSN and Sprint are showing how operators can unlock the highest capacity from their TDD spectrum," said Zhang Qi, vice president for TD-LTE at NSN. "At Mobile World Congress, we will demonstrate how the record speed was achieved, proving that TD-LTE technology and the ecosystem are ready for global roll out by any operator with TDD spectrum. With our help, the operators can meet and exceed the expectations of mobile broadband customers."