Sprint and Samsung achieve 230Mbps peak LTE download speed with the Galaxy Note 7


Today at Soldier Field in Chicago, Sprint and Samsung conducted a live demonstration of three-channel carrier aggregation on the provider's LTE Plus network, reaching peak download speeds in excess of 230 Mbps. Built on top of Samsung network infrastructure, the network was put to its limits using three-channel carrier aggregation supporting devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 edge.

Carrier aggregation is a feature of the LTE-Advanced standard that brings together bands of spectrum to create wider lanes, allowing more data traffic to travel at higher rates. Sprint has deployed three-channel carrier aggregation on more than 500 cell sites in Chicago and will continue to expand.

In optimal conditions, 3-channel CA can increase network throughput by 50% over the standard two-channel carrier network, providing higher speeds and improved user experience. This type of network can reduce the download time for a 1GB video by as much as one-third, compared to a two-channel CA network.

Sprint currently offers six devices that support three-channel carrier aggregation, with its portfolio expected to grow. The functionality will be enabled via an automatic software upgrade when the network deployment is finished.

source: Sprint

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3 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

There seemed to be debate about whether this option was available in the Note 7. TMobile did lead us to believe that it worked. Now Sprint Shows that a software update will make this happen..Now if a Note 8 drops with a dual camera and 6 megs of ram I wont have to upgrade to this because I am future proof right..... Wrong if the Note 8 drops with 6 megs of ram and a dual camera Next year I will definitely sell the Note 7, or not, and upgrade any way.

2. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yay, oh wait the highest I get with Three is 40Mbps but it is unlimited. My broadband isn't even this fast, why the hell does anyone need 200+Mbps outside of a commercial line? Maybe they should cap the speeds and give people unlimited data instead? Pointless willy waving with no real benefit to most of their users. Great that phone can handle it, but in the real world most of us will never see anywhere near these speeds so it's irrelevant.

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

If that's how you think why don't you just go back to EVDO and grab 56k modem while your at it. Things progress sometimes beyond human needs but progression is a great thing. Why do we even have Note series? Whose hands are that big? Nobodies, but look at what the Note did to the market.

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