T-Mobile US reaches nearly 1 Gbps in latest LTE lab test

Friday 30 December 2016 | 16:48 CET | News

T-Mobile US said it’s achieved nearly 1 Gbps over the LTE network in a lab test in the past week. The operator reached 973 Mbps with a combination of tri-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM with an un-released handset, to achieve what it says is the fastest speed possible on a mobile device today.

The news was announced in a blog post by CTO Neville Ray highlighting the operator’s latest network achievements. He said T-Mobile’s 4G network now covers 313 million people, just behind Verizon’s 314 million. The company’s Extended Range LTE, designed to penetrate further beyond base stations and into buildings, also now covers over 250 million people in more than 500 metro areas.

T-Mobile is also claiming the fastest 4G network in the US, based on analysis of Ookla Speedtest data for Q4. A chart posted by the operator shows T-Mobile achieving an average 24.4 Mbps download and 12.1 Mbps upload, compared to 24.3/8.5 Mbps for Verizon, 23.9/7.6 Mbps for AT&T and 15.2/4.8 Mbps for Sprint.

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