Sprint and NSN achieve 2.6Gbps on a TD-LTE-Advanced network
Using NSN’s Flexi Multiradio 10 base station, Sprint used its spectrum assets using TD-LTE-Advanced and blew through a previous throughput record of 1.6Gbps. The next-generation NSN base station achieved a staggering throughput of 2.6Gbps, both companies are pleased with the new record.
Obviously, this achievement was made in a lab-like environment, but it is quite remarkable. NSN also announced that it will launch a new Flexi Multiradio System Module for TD-LTE, capable of delivering 5Gbps at a single site.
TD-LTE (also referred to as LTE TDD) is not used by any of the other major US carriers. The standard was primarily developed in China by Datang Telecom, Chine Mobile, Huawei and ZTE. NSN, Qualcomm, Alcatel and Ericsson are part of the development group, but primarily so they could manufacture their products to serve the world's largest wireless market. Sprint announced it would use the standard with the rollout of “Spark,” the brand of its high-speed wireless network deployment.
Sprint and NSN will showcase the technology at MWC in Barcelona. While these speeds are impressive, they would barely move the needle on some high-speed fiber networks being developed. This development will also allow other carriers that use the standard to deploy fewer base stations in order to rollout high-speed services in a variety of environments in the near term. NSN was formerly Nokia Siemens Networks before Nokia acquired full ownership of the company, and is part of what will remain “Nokia” after the devices and services group is acquired by Microsoft.
1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Dat thumbnail though. Gross.
Anyway, we all know Sprint will find some way to screw this up. Those 2.6Gbps speeds will somehow turn into 5Mbps. That's just how they roll.
14. DonkeySauce (Posts: 160; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
Its not like this is a product for deployment.. Its a test platform for new technology. Why would you think they would ever promise that speed delivered? Its like when a car company builds a concept car to test theories, ideas, and new technology. Then, hopefully, some of the tech gets developed for mass market.
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I wouldn't. It was a joke based somewhat in reality. Look at their LTE speeds as compared to other carriers. It's also a joke.
17. JEverettnow (Posts: 210; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
In LA I was getting a consistent 15-20 mbps down where ever I went. Its better than AT&T and Verizons random 4-30mbps
19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Well, LA doesn't represent the entire U.S. Everyone knows that Sprint has, by far, the slowest average data speeds of the Big 4.
2. ZeroCide (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Ok this is great sprint... This is great progress working with nokia to upgrade the network. Now just get some of their phones.
3. yashav (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)
That's all great but, it will take about.. What 10 years to go live?
4. ZeroCide (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
At least you know that it might possibly maybe be coming sometime someplace.
5. techaman (unregistered)
yeah i just achived 2.6mb on my lte network wooooowww go sprint you piece of s.
10. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Woot! Finally have 4 bars on my phone!
o wait... it's on roaming ):
8. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
sounds awesome, but I noticed who was collaborated with Sprint... and this means maybe Nokia phones will FINALLY return to sprint. Possible since MS is in charge now, they will want the biggest possible carrier penetration so they can grow their marketshare.
9. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
On a good day, out in a wide open walmart parking lot I got 15mbs down, 5.5mbs up.
11. Landmarkcm (Posts: 464; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Aww. Well I hate to be another party pooper on Sprint, but don't you just love how they spend their time & money! & meanwhile they are the only carrier that here in major areas like Las Vegas, that still doesn't even have useable 3g service! & the only carrier that has dropped calls galore. Please stay away from Tmobile also thanks.
16. RandomUsername (Posts: 552; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
Dat first sentence... so many commas.