At a media event today in San Jose, CA, both Qualcomm and T-Mobile met with press to showcase the power of Gigabit Class LTE on T-Mobile’s network using Android phones featuring Snapdragon Gigabit LTE modems.
Tests were performed using VR streams, file downloading from cloud storage, as well as media downloading for offline playback (movies & tv shows). As for which devices were being used, there was the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Moto Z2 Force, and LG V30.
Qualcomm doesn’t specify what speeds were being reached during testing, but they did go over what type of technologies T-Mobile is utilizing, plus T-Mobile highlighted another type of advanced LTE tech they intend to incorporate into its network soon. According to T-Mobile, its LTE Advanced network now reaches 920 markets, with 430 of those markets leveraging carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM.
In addition, T-Mobile highlighted LAA (License Assisted Access), which taps into unlicensed spectrum on small cells to further densify the network for even more capacity and speed. LAA is said to arrive to T-Mobile’s network this year.
If you like speed, things are heating up.