TeliaSonera's NetCom achieves 1Gbps in LTE advanced pro demo

Norwegian operator Netcom, a subsidiary of TeliaSonera, claims to have set a speed record of 1Gbps in a live demonstration of LTE advanced pro technology, developed in partnership with Huawei.

The technology was approved by the 3GPP in October 2015 and is also known as 4.5G. The telco aggregated four carriers of spectrum in the 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz bands. 

"This is an important step towards 5G, which lies a few years ahead. We do not know exactly which speeds the future will require, but we know that the digitisation era, where the Internet of Things will continuously grow, will demand much higher speeds. The future will require bandwidth, high speed and no delay in transfers. We are preparing for that reality with the LTE Advanced Pro," said Jon Christian Hillestad, CTO of TeliaSonera Norway.

Netcom's existing LTE network provides speeds of up to 80Mbps and covers 95% of Norway’s population. TeliaSonera was the world’s first operator to launch 4G in 2009.

Abraham Foss, CEO of TeliaSonera Norway, said: “NetCom has always been a pioneer. We will always challenge, be innovative and stay ahead of development, and we will be an important driver for digitizing Norway and the society around us. As a company, we want to learn new things in order to give customers access to new technology. We want to create a digital democracy where our customers are able to have the world in their hands, at all times.”

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