Vodafone wants to allow within a year 4g with 1Gbit / s in Netherlands




Vodafone wants to 4g within one year with a maximum speed of 1 Gbit / s make it possible in the Netherlands. In a test in a laboratory provider took this week 979,2Mbit / s. The higher speed must especially be a multiplication of capacity.

With the move to 4G with a maximum speed of 1Gbit / s would be the capacity by a factor of four to rise, says Vodafone manager for network architecture Ruud Koeyvoets against Tweakers. “We do not expect people need such a high download speed in the coming years. We do expect more people for example, go HD videos or watch streaming from their smartphone.”

The provider thinks the end of 2018 the current 4G network on the busiest places and moments will come up against the limits. “We want to be one step ahead to expand the capacity.” These enhancements come through technical changes. Firstly, Vodafone carrier aggregation, bundling of frequency bands in connections between smartphone and network base, expanding to four frequencies; 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz.

The modulation is for this technology to 256-QAM and also Vodafone 4×4 MiMo bet. Vodafone is not the only Dutch provider is processing. KPN said earlier working with 256-QAM.

The next step is to test the higher speeds outside the laboratory, at the network of such as Vodafone customers use as well. For the time being it can not smartphones in stores. “We are prototypes with an X16 modem that support it.” Qualcomm announced the X16 modem in February, but has not yet put in one of his socs. The expectation is that it will happen next year, with the successor of the Snapdragon 820 and 821, which are in smartphones this year.

Even smartphones 4g to 1Gbit / s do not support, benefit from the changes that Vodafone make this in the network. “There are already smartphones on the market that support 4G through LTE Cat 9 as the iPhone 7. They can have access to the extensive carrier aggregation, even though support is lacking for example, 256-QAM.”


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