Russia’s MegaFon has enabled near-1Gbps peak mobile speeds on its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Moscow, based on three-carrier (3C) aggregation (using two 20MHz carriers in the 2600MHz band and one 20MHz block in the 1800MHz band), combined with 256 QAM modulation and 4×4 multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology. MegaFon demoed speeds reaching 979Mbps on its network, using Nokia’s LTE-A Pro (categorised as 4.5G) AirScale equipment, whilst the Sony Xperia XP Premium smartphone (with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor) and Qualcomm X16 LTE modem were also used in the tests. MegaFon notes that it is the first operator in Russia to launch LTE Category 16 (Cat 16) technology on its network.
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