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San Francisco, US: At Mobile World Congress Americas, AT&T, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Ericsson plan to showcase the power of the latest LTE technologies, which are expected to offer improved data download speeds for wireless customers with compatible smartphones. For the first time publicly in the U.S., AT&T, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies plan to demonstrate Gigabit LTE with License Assisted Access (LAA) technology enabled by the Ericsson Radio System’s small cell portfolio by using the Samsung Galaxy Note8, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform with X16 LTE.

This planned demonstration will provide a glimpse at the future of entertainment and connectivity, enabled by network upgrades like 4×4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, and LAA. These technologies are expected to enable increase network capacity, improve download speeds and allow for near immediate access to the cloud, so users can access files lighting fast, and enjoy less buffering when watching streaming videos while on the go.

Gigabit LTE with LAA, an LTE Advanced Pro technology, combines unlicensed spectrum with licensed spectrum through carrier aggregation to increase network capacity, and will play a key role in AT&T’s evolution to 5G.

The planned demonstration at Mobile World Congress Americas will showcase the streaming of extremely high-quality 3D VR video, provided by NextVR, over Gigabit LTE with LAA, communicating with Ericsson’s micro Radio 2205 on the network end. The demonstration will also feature a file download speed comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note8, supporting full Gigabit LTE with LAA capability, versus another device equipped with Category 12 LTE and no support for LAA.

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