Australian telecoms operator Telstra has just launched the world’s first commercial gigabit LTE network offering theoretical transfer speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Available in certain areas in central Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, the new network utilizes 4×4 MIMO and 4X carrier aggregation to achieve legitimately crazy-fast throughput rates.
As you can see from Telstra’s speed test screenshot, the service achieved a 930.45 Mbps download speed and 127.54 Mbps upload rate. Users will have to have a compatible LTE modem on their device to take advantage of this new service. SoC manufacturing titan Qualcomm already has a solution for this, in the form of the X16 LTE processor, which is already present in certain mobile routers like the Netgear Nighthawk M1.
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As for smartphones, Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship tier SoC, the Snapdragon 835 will be packing the same X16 LTE modem for its internals, so expect future handsets with the chipset to take advantage of gigabit LTE networks too.