Ericsson claims mobile broadband world record

Announcement said to represent a step for HSPA evolution

Telecoms giant Ericsson is claiming that its new HSPA multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) technology will break its own break its own HSPA world record by offering peak downlink data rates of 56 Mbps.

Ericsson boasts that the announcement represents another step for HSPA evolution, further enhancing the mobile broadband experience and attributes the increase in speed to a combination of MIMO and multi-carrier HSPA technology.

The HSPA multi-carrier technology with MIMO is currently being standardised and is scheduled for commercial deployment in 2010. By the end of 2009, Ericsson guarantees support for commercial deployment of multi-carrier technology with speeds up to 42 Mbps.

As an indication of the fast moving pace of the mobile  broadband arena, less than six weeks ago at the end of February 2009, Vodafone tested a 3G HSPA+ mobile broadband connection that could deliver maximum download speeds of 20 Mbps using technology supplied by Ericsson in addition to Huawei and Qualcomm.

Commercial HSPA networks can, says Ericsson, currently support speeds up to 21M bps. From mid-2009, Ericsson says that commercial networks based on its technology will be able to support MIMO technology offering 28 Mbps. The end user business of such higher data rates should be instantaneous mobile Internet connection even when many users are online at the same time.

Commented Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, "Ericsson's continued HSPA Evolution … demonstration combining MIMO and multi-carrier technology shows the strong potential of further HSPA enhancements.”

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