T-Mobile, Nokia hit 1.175Gbps using Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 LTE modem



T-Mobile's 4G LTE network was employed by Nokia and Qualcomm on Friday, to send data at speeds of 1.175Gbps. The test was run on 60Hz downlink spectrum and used  3x carrier aggregation to increase the capacity of the network. The device used in the test was powered by the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and included 4 x 4 MIMO to increase the number of connections between the device transmitting the data, and the device receiving it. It also included 256QAM, a technology that helps T-Mobile achieve gigabit speeds. A single Nokia 4.9G AirScale Base Station was used in the testing.

The Snapdragon X20 modem is rumored to be included in the Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is the chipmaker's next high-end SoC. The modem is able to support LTE Cat. 18 which has a theoretical ceiling of 1.2Gbps measuring download speeds. According to Qualcomm Executive VP Cristiano Amon, phones powered by the modem should be commercially available in the first half of 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumored to be the first phone in line to use the Snapdragon 845 which means that it could very well be the first device offered to the public equipped with the X20 modem.


LTE Cat. 18 phones (possibly including the Galaxy S9) with the Snapdragon X20 modem could end up with consistent download speeds of 100Mbps. All of this is taking place as carriers continue to test 5G. The next-gen wireless networks could see some commercial use as soon as 2019.

source: T-Mobile via PCMag

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8 Comments

1. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

yeah better stick with things like this Nokia, we dont need you scamming ppl with trashy phones

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You must be really stupid!

3. shinnsd

Posts: 27; Member since: May 26, 2015

But, the real Nokia (which builds network infrastructure, who built legacy Nokia phones) doesn't make phones anymore. The new Nokia phones you can buy right now come from HMD ╮(╯_╰)╭

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

People don't have problem with Essential PH-1 which is made by Andy Rubin. So why do they have problems with ex-Nokia employees making Phones.

7. shinnsd

Posts: 27; Member since: May 26, 2015

Well, I don't have problems with HMD making Nokia phones, but just don't mix them together when the article is actually talking about the Nokia who builds infrastructures.

4. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

6. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

well, theoretically without network congestion

8. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Great... a solution to a non-existent problem. We don't need 1 Gbps cellular download speed right now. The 50-150 Mbps we currently have is plenty fast already. What we need is lower prices on higher GB limit of LTE data per month. None of this 2GB per month for $30 bullsht, how bout 20GB for $30? How bout 10GB for $15? But that would mean the carriers have to stop gauging and ripping the consumers off wouldn't it? Doubt that'll happen any time soon.

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