Wednesday February 01, 2017

Gigabit LTE - The Path to 5G with Qualcomm, Ericsson, Netgear and Telstra

The term 5G has been thrown around quite often in the past, but I never get excited about tech until you can show me how it will affect my life. In Australia a roll out of 4GX service has me wanting it in America ASAP! 4GX is going to be the fallback technology for future 5G cellular networks as 3G is to 4G LTE today. The Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router showcases the tech that Qualcomm, Ericsson, Netgear and Telstra have developed and it is blazing fast! 1 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload capabilities on a cellular network! PCPer has a comprehensive write up on testing that occurred in Sydney, Australia on a Gigabit LTE network demonstration recently.

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The newly introduced Gigabit LTE standard implemented by Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Telstra, as well as the Gigabit LTE device embodied in Netgear's Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router, offer a glimpse into the performance we can expect from future cellular networks. All four companies are dedicated to this standard and expect wide-spread adoption of Gigabit LTE by the end of 2017 and into 2018. As the infrastructure grows, Qualcomm has an impressive opportunity with 4GX-capable devices based on its Snapdragon 835 SoC chipset as well as its Snapdragon X16 Gigabit LTE modem chipset.