Vodafone’s mobile network thus becomes the first in Portugal and one of the first in the world to achieve download speeds of 300 Mbps, doubling the maximum currently available speed of 150 Mbps.
This speed was achieved under real conditions in partnership with Ericsson, with pre-commercial terminal equipment and using bandwidth in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency bands assigned to Vodafone. LTE-Advanced technology uses the aggregation of two or more frequency bands to increase speeds.
According to Livio Borgogno, CTO of Vodafone Portugal, “Vodafone’s leadership in the development of internet services in Portugal has been proved again today by the fact that we succeeded in consistently achieving real download speeds that double existing speeds. This technological innovation will bring clear benefits to Vodafone customers who use Mobile Broadband and Mobile Internet services since with speeds of 300 Mbps they will be able, for example, to download a 1GB file in about 27 seconds”.
Vodafone is thus ahead of other Portuguese operators and manufacturers as it is already prepared to launch LTE-Advanced-compatible services as soon as the handsets are available on the market, which is expected to be in the first half of 2014.