Ericsson launches Gigabit LTE to tap growth opportunities globally

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has launched its new Radio System software and hardware supporting 1 Gbps user peak rates and a hyper-scalable radio access network (RAN) architecture. With LTE subscriptions forecast to reach 4.1 billion by the end of 2021, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 percent, and increased data consumption per subscription, operators are challenged to efficiently scale their networks while ensuring great app coverage for their customers.


The company said that its newest hardware and software address LTE growth opportunities while supporting the operator’s evolution to 5G.

“Our latest combination of software, hardware and network architecture innovations supported on the Ericsson Radio System, ensure that our mobile operator customers can continue to delight their customers while driving network performance and efficiency improvements as they evolve to 5G. Gigabit LTE, Elastic RAN, and new radio access and microwave backhaul products are all designed to help our operators become the frontrunners in their markets,” Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, said in a statement.

Ericsson Networks Software 16B harnesses a combination of powerful software features to deliver extreme app coverage, with user peak rates of up to 1 Gbps, through software enhancements to today’s commercial LTE networks.

The combined features of Gigabit LTE, include three component Carrier Aggregation (CA) which enables the user to benefit from up to 60 MHz combined bandwidth from different spectrum bands simultaneously. It also includes 4X4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) which doubles the number of unique data streams being transmitted to the user’s smartphone, thereby enabling up to twice the capacity and data throughput.

Ericsson’s Gigabit LTE also features LTE 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) encoding which packs more bits into the available spectrum. In addition, the solution comes with Ericsson Lean Carrier, which increases both the data throughput received by end users, and overall system capacity by reducing the interference caused by excess reference signalling across the LTE network.

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, 451 Research said that Ericsson has pulled together an impressive grouping of software features to enable the commercialisation of 1 Gbps service levels on LTE, foreshadowing the extreme app coverage promised with 5G.

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February 5, 2016 6:26 pm 6:26 PM

What is the use?. Each and every user will only get 1 to 3 Mbps 3G speed anytime, anywhere. Then think about 4G.

Kiran Fernandes
February 5, 2016 2:38 pm 2:38 PM

Jio should do this, use 4x mimo and 256qam, and they will be able to use the same spectrum to provide not just 100Mbps but double it to 300Mbps.

Kiran Fernandes
February 5, 2016 10:00 pm 10:00 PM

Yeah guys you are right. It’s not possible as of now because jio has already spent a lot on towers and network setting up, so yes. They won’t do it now. But after they pay off their loan they will try to upgrade their 4g network probably in 3 years time…

February 6, 2016 8:43 am 8:43 AM
But, let them launch first. The problem is they are very much afraid of failure. Thats why they are striving for perfection in their network parameters. But as a customer I would say that cost matters a lot . Quality ,I know cant be always superior. Everyone remember when 3G was launched , blanket coverage was not there. It took a long time for 3G to get available everywhere. If 4G is not present everywhere , thts not an issue. Even their is a bad decision jio has taken. They should have invested in 3G spectrum nd network also. Approx… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes
February 7, 2016 2:07 am 2:07 AM
There’s no point in setting up a 3g network because it’s going to be obsolete soon. And by soon, means in 10 years time. It was a good choice that jio didn’t set up a 3g network. It’s true that a large number of handsets support only 3g. But now there are more handsets that will support 4g and on both sims. About 4 to 5 4g handsets are being released in the market every month. By 2021 or 2022, the first 5g phone might launch in the market. 4g and 5g is the new standard that will be there… Read more »
February 7, 2016 3:36 pm 3:36 PM
Dear , jio has done icra with bsnl. Please refine your research. In turn bsnl will be able to use jio 4g. Bsnl will provide 2G network to jio 4G customers . The decided call charges are 20 p/min which bsnl will charge rjio. The testing for quick swit ching between bsnl and jio is still going on. There are some technical glitches bsnl nd jio working upon. Similarly , rcom nd jio has done spectrum sharing. Approx 9 circles rcom will sell an amount i.e 2.5 mhz to jio in 800 band. And then come in sharing aggrement. In… Read more »
February 7, 2016 5:34 pm 5:34 PM
How they will be able to recover their money from 3g Do you know what is 3g penetration in India. As you said India has less spectrum per million person than other country. So why they will invest in less spectrum efficient 3g ie 3g provides max 21 Mbps with 5 MHz of spectrum &4g provides 37.5 mbps. About ecosystem . it will be developed in no time . there was no handset for band 40 in 2014 ( budget section) but now there many. Many phone now support future 700 MHz spectrum ( moto e & moto g )… Read more »
February 7, 2016 10:20 pm 10:20 PM
Dear, It is before us , they have taken more than 5 years just to launch 4g. And the time taken by them for the delay is clarified , by saying that they are optimising the network. 5 years ,,, just to optimise… Dont you think it is very much long span of time. If they have invested in EVOLVE HSPA technology, capable of providing 168 Mbps D/L, 22Mbps U/L in 5MHZ SPECTRUM. which with a very low cost can be upgraded to 4G evolution as it does not require separate radio . Definitely it would have increased their CAPEX.… Read more »
February 8, 2016 2:58 am 2:58 AM

Avoid together 3g coverage is worse than jio 4g & with cheap 850 & 2300 MHz spectrum they will give data at cheap price

Jio took 5 years but they are giving coverage which avoid can’t give using their 3g

February 8, 2016 2:51 am 2:51 AM

Evolved HSPA will give 168 mbps but it will use 4*4 mimo . it will use 20 MHz of spectrum

What quality of service they will be able to give with just 5mhmhz of spectrum.
We have seen that speed of voda & idea4g becomes 5 Mbps with mhz carrier.
Also they can’t share 10 MHz of spectrum due to spectrum cap ( where both have 5 MHz of spectrum)

February 5, 2016 4:02 pm 4:02 PM
not possible at this time because to use thi 256 lte standard they have to reinvest into hardware as well as software and it is not feasible to upgrade at this point as the radio systems are already tested and live in many places and it is not possible to upgrade all the bts before the commercial launch which is supposed to be on next financial year that is 1 April 2016 & @murli please think twice before commenting how is it possible to upgrade their network as the old hardware is not capable to support lte 256 , what… Read more »
February 5, 2016 4:13 pm 4:13 PM
yes, they will upgrade their network to support this lte 256 standard but it will take time, once they start to get adequate revenue from this, they will think for future upgradation of their network till that day many new standards will come and go as in bts technology generally new technology comes in 6 months and there is no network in world who changes their radio technology frequently as the old technology become obsolete, many of us comments that they should use this technologies but think about the cost of radio equipment and software & cost for retesting of… Read more »
February 5, 2016 3:00 pm 3:00 PM

They can provide… but they won’t do that.