Vodafone has announced that it goes a step ahead with its first test LTE-Advanced in Spain, specifically carried out in laboratories and in certain areas of Madrid, having achieved the operator next download speeds of 300Mbps. Undoubtedly a major step forward for this technology, which many see as a replacement for traditional broadband.
While now with 4G networks available in Spain can get peaks of 15 Mbps downstream -depending on the operator and the area- Vodafone has set down to work to try out the next generation of 4G, LTE-A, which theoretically allow to double the speed to 300Mbps downstream.
These first tests have been carried out in Madrid, in the Nuevos Ministerios AZCA and using existing networks deployed in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands. Given the current LTE deployed by Vodafone, which can reach peaks of 150 Mbps, LTE-A scores sustained speeds of 280 Mbps, with peaks of 297 Mbps.
The LTE Advanced or LTE-A technology enables the ability to add different 4G LTE frequency bands. This is known as carrier aggregation. Currently, the maximum speed offered on 4G LTE networks is 150Mbps, but thanks to the use of two frequency bands, the operator has begun the first tests to provide twice the speed, ie 300Mbps.
Although it sounds like science fiction partly the operator has announced that this new version of 4G will be available in the coming quarters in Madrid and Barcelona but have to add that current smartphones and modems are not ready for this yet.
Pilot tests are being conducted in several areas of Madrid as AZCA and Nuevos Ministerios. It is expected that in 2014 will extended to the entire city of Madrid and Barcelona, with a 4G network that is prepared to support this technology. Vodafone wants to be at the forefront of technological deployment of fourth generation mobile networks and LTE-A is the next step.
Vodafone continues its deployment of 4G technology nationwide. At present, there are 15 cities that can enjoy high speed mobile which is Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Valencia, Santander, La Coruna, Zaragoza, Cordoba, Vigo, Murcia, Oviedo and Gijon.