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Ericsson performs LTE-trials in Dublin


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Ireland's telecoms regulator, The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has announced that Ericsson has been carrying out tests of TD-LTE networks in the country, using a test licence issued under ComReg's test and trial licensing programme.
­The regulator said that the tests were carried out in the 2.3 GHz band, TeleGeography reports.

Commissioner Mike Byrne said "As an integral part of the services that ComReg offers to industry stakeholders, ComReg is very pleased that its test and trial licensing programme has facilitated Ericsson in conducting the first tests of the TD-LTE next generation mobile technology in Ireland.

The licensing programme was launched in 2005 and it allows the test and trial of wireless communications devices in any available radio spectrum band in Ireland.

As 3G mobile broadband networks continue to experience reduced capacity due to high demand and usage the need to 4G or Fourth Generation broadband networks has become increasingly urgent. There are two types of technology currently being considered for 4G networks, and these are WiMAX and LTE, or Long Term Evolution.

Whilst 4G has not yet been rolled out by network operators a number of industry groups have been trialling the technology, and results have been very favourable. The latest test to be reported has been carried out by the Swedish network equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, which has trialled LTE technology recently in Dublin, Ireland.

According to reports during the tests Ericsson managed to achieve speeds of up to 80Mbps, making these latest trials highly significant. Drive tests of its LTE technology were completed by Ericsson in the back of a taxi in Dublin. The regulator, ComReg has earmarked Ireland as an ideal testing ground due to the availability of radio spectrum and the lack of interference from neighbouring areas.

An official from Ericsson Ireland said that testing had been carried out by the company for its parent company for two decades. He said: “There’s not always a clear understanding here of the value Ireland is bringing to leading edge technology. Customers make buying decisions on seeing it work here.”

In the meantime Ericsson has heralded the trial a success, and has said that it has been an important stepping stone towards the provision of Gigabit per second mobile broadband, which would prove speeds that are one hundred times faster than current ones, Irish Times claims.


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