With an eye toward 5G Ericsson today announced a solution that it says will lead to speedier mobile downloads.
The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor says its proprietary “Lean Carrier” solution addresses intercell signaling interference, introducing a design that will improve data speed and app coverage for users.
Ericsson says the solution is running live in thousands of cells in SK Telecom’s (SKT) network where Ericsson and SK Telecom have now deployed Ericsson Lean Carrier in urban, suburban and rural areas. Ericsson says the technology results in a 50 percent increase in downlink data speed with a network average increase of about 10 percent.
Lean Carrier reduces interference and thus enables new 256 QAM higher order modulation to be utilized over a broader area, extending the higher data speed advantage to the outdoor macro environment. Ericsson Lean Carrier increases the use of 256 QAM by up to 280 percent.
Per Narvinger, head of LTE at Ericsson, said in a statement that the new technology adds intelligence to the network.
“Drawing on our experience from high-performance networks and projecting forward to what will be possible with 5G, we were able to innovate a solution that optimizes the signaling in today’s 4G LTE network,” Narvinger said.
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Carriers can implement Lean Carrier today on all Ericsson LTE neworks and the technology is compatible with all LTE devices.
“Networks that employ the Ericsson Lean Carrier software upgrade will provide a better user experience,” Narvinger said. “And with the shift to small cell architectures in 5G, addressing signaling interference now puts us firmly on the path to meet 2020 requirements.”
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