Upload speeds hit a new record high with the use of Ericsson’s uplink Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output (SU-MIMO) and Uplink Carrier Aggregation alongside MediaTek’s T830 CPE tri-antenna platform. Combined, the technologies reached upload speeds of 565 Mbps during a demo using a 2.1 GHz Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) band with a 3.5 GHz Time Division Duplex (TDD) band.
This is great news for the future of internet competition. Now fixed wireless providers can compete with wired options like cable TV. This will give cord cutters even more home internet options.
“Enhancing uplink performance is an essential advantage for 5G FWA devices used by businesses, and this technology breakthrough will further extend the advantage of 5G CPE versus line-based broadband services,” said HC Hwang, General Manager of Wireless Communication System and Partnership at MediaTek. Our collaboration with Ericsson has proved our combined technical capabilities to overcome previous limits, enhancing network performance and efficiency, opening up new possibilities for service providers and consumers to enjoy faster and more reliable 5G data services.”
This test focused on Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and shows promising results to grant more users access to significantly higher upload speeds and network capacities. Estimates for FWA connection expansions are expected to reach 300 million by 2028, more than tripling the numbers reported in 2022.
“This latest milestone with MediaTek proves that we at Ericsson are continuously innovating and leveraging new technologies to deliver the best possible 5G user experience,” said Dr. Sibel Tombaz, Head of Product Line 5G RAN at Ericsson. “With this latest solution offering, fixed wireless access subscribers, consumers, and businesses alike can benefit from higher upload speeds for data-heavy applications such as cloud gaming and extended reality. We are offering high-performing solutions for the evolving fixed wireless access market.”
This is great news for cord cutters, especially those in rural areas with limited access to cables or unreliable satellite access. Faster speeds mean a better streaming experience with less buffering and a more reliable connection is essential for binging series without interruptions.