Huawei, EE and Qualcomm Testing 3-Carrier Aggregation

Huawei has announced it has partnered with UK based mobile network operator, EE, and Qualcomm Technologies to complete LTE category 9 testing, which has achieved download speeds of up to 410Mbps.

The test utilised Huawei’s infrastructure solution across EE’s LTE-A ‘4G+’ network alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-A modem.

Category 9 technology will dramatically improve download speeds across wireless networks. For example it will enable EE to aggregate 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with another 20MHz of 2.6GHz, and a third carrier of 15MHz of 2.6GHz. In working together in this kind of interoperability testing, Huawei, QTI and EE aim to help develop the technology that will deliver this service and eventually support commercial deployment.

“Use of our remaining 15MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum enables both our fastest speeds and an increase in capacity across our network and this successful testing phase is a big step forward. We look forward to demonstrating this at Wembley Stadium early next year.”

Said Tom Bennett, director of network services and devices at EE.

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