Ericsson has demonstrated LTE-Advanced technology to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). During the trial, the vendor achieved peak downlink speeds 10 times faster than the current LTE networks, using frequencies provided by the Swedish telecoms regulator. The prototype LTE-Advanced network,
based on commercial hardware compliant with 3GPP Release 10, was
constructed in Kista, the location of Ericsson's main Swedish research
and development offices. Ericsson plans to initiate commercial
operation of LTE-Advanced technology in 2013.
Consumers in Sweden were the first in the world to experience
commercial LTE services. Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) demonstrated
the next step of LTE, known as LTE Advanced, to the Swedish Post and
Telecom Agency (PTS). The demonstration, held in Kista, Sweden,
featured speeds more than 10 times faster than those currently
experienced by LTE consumers in Sweden.
The system, based on commercial hardware, was operating on a test
frequency provided by the PTS. This enabled Ericsson to demonstrate LTE
Advanced functionality such as carrier aggregation of 3 x 20MHz (60MHz
aggregated) over the air in a mobile environment for the first time.
Mr. Urban Landmark, Head of Spectrum Department of Swedish regulator
PTS, says: "Sweden is in the forefront when it comes to usage of mobile
broadband. Sweden was both early with licensing of harmonized spectrum
in the 2.6GHz and 800MHz bands, and the first country in the world
where LTE was commercially deployed. The demonstration today indicates
that mobile broadband technologies continue to evolve rapidly."
LTE Advanced will further enhance the speed and capacity that will be
needed in the Networked Society in the years to come. The technology is
compliant with the 3GPP Release 10 global standard. Recently, the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also selected LTE Advanced
as one of the technologies that fulfills International Mobile
Telecommunication's criteria. The first stages of LTE Advanced are
expected to be in commercial operation in 2013.
"Ericsson encourages all regulators to allocate harmonized spectrum
as early as possible," says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of
Product Area Radio, Ericsson. "The next step of LTE enhances the current
service offering, performance and data speed even further. It provides
operators with the opportunity to capitalize further on their existing
infrastructure. Once again, Ericsson is committed to supporting
operators' needs as expectations and requirements for mobile broadband
The enhancements introduced with LTE Advanced include carrier
aggregation and extended multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO)
functionality. From a user perspective, this means that information can
be retrieved and sent much faster, even when the network is congested.
This, in combination with the faster speeds, improves the user
The demo system was based on Ericsson's multi-mode, multi-standard
radio base station, RBS 6000. Live traffic was streamed between the RBS
and a moving van from which network performance could be monitored. In
the demonstration, 60MHz of aggregated bandwidth was used, compared to
the 20MHz maximum that is currently possible using LTE. In the
downlink, 8x8 MIMO was used.
In 2010, the technology's first year of operation, the number of users
with access to LTE networks rose from 0 to 150 million people.
Ericsson supplied the majority of these commercial LTE networks and has
signed contracts with six of the world's top seven operators ranked by
2010 global revenues.
Ericsson is the prime driver of open standards and has had a greater
impact than any other player on the LTE specifications released to date.
Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE
in the industry.
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and
services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G
mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2
billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services.
The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network
infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia
solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony
Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with
feature-rich personal mobile devices.
Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an
all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and
sustainable business solutions. Working in 180 countries, more than
90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2
billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm,
Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New