Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has become the latest operator to tout its wares for the rising gigabit LTE connectivity by achieving a download speed of ‘up to 1Gbps’ on its 4.5G live mobile network.
TIM described the test as ‘another first that confirms the technological leadership which is speeding towards 5G offering top performances and extraordinary quality for the mobile data service.’
The company added that the service will become commercially available from September in Milan and Turin, with other large cities on the horizon after that.
The equipment used during the testing was an ASUS smartphone, with Ericsson’s LTE-licensed Assisted Access network technology and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with LTE X16 integrated modem.
“This important testing is the latest result of the transformation process started by TIM, which is focusing on complete quality in terms of technology, fixed and mobile convergence, exclusive and distinctive content, entertainment services and customer centrality,” the company said in a press release.
In recent days, ZTE and China Mobile announced they had, alongside Qualcomm, successfully tested the Quanzhou Mobile TD-LTE (time division long term evolution) network with a peak of 1Gbps, while Samsung announced the development of LTE modem technology which had successfully achieved a maximum downlink speed of 1.2Gbps per second.