DoCoMo to launch 225Mb/s LTE-A on 27 March – Mobile World Live

DoCoMo to launch 225Mb/s LTE-A on 27 March

25 FEB 2015

Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will launch LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service offering peak theoretical download speeds of up to 225Mb/s on 27 March.

The operator said the use of carrier aggregation technology will enable it to push the data rate to a maximum 300Mb/s within a year. The maximum uplink speed will be 50Mb/s.

DoCoMo, which has 65 million connections, will offer two mobile WiFi routers and is preparing to expand its lineup of LTE-A-compatible smartphones.

The operator said its LTE-A network will feature advanced C-RAN, a network architecture designed for high-traffic areas that can simultaneously increase radio capacity and the maximum transmission speed.

SingTel, which in August rolled out what it claimed was the world’s first commercial LTE-A network supporting theoretical peak download speeds of up to 300Mb/s, said last week its LTE-A service will cover the entire city-state by the end of March.

South Korea’s SK Telecom announced in June that its new LTE-A service supports speeds of up to 225Mb/s using carrier aggregation. Rival LG Uplus also trialled tri-band LTE carrier aggregation, which it claimed can offer peak speeds of 300Mb/s.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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