Ericsson and Samsung have successfully achieved interoperability between the world's first commercial LTE device from Samsung and the live network from Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden - an important milestone in making 4G a reality.
LTE will provide ultra-high data speeds and bring new services such as Internet TV, mobile video blogging, on-line video games and high speed mobile business environment.
Commercial LTE networks scheduled to offer services to consumers in 2010 will bring data rates far above what is possible in today's mobile broadband networks.
Samsung and Ericsson have together developed necessary procedures to accomplish this end-to-end integration program. Through testing in Stockholm, Samsung LTE dongles and Ericsson?s infrastructure have complied with the industry standard for commercial deployment, 3GPP Release 8 March baseline.
Johan Wibergh, Senior Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, says: "This is the first time a commercial, standard compliant LTE device demonstrated full interoperability with a live network. It is an important milestone for Ericsson and the mobile industry. Ericsson looks forward to using our leadership in LTE technology to help our customers to move into a new era of communications, improving the user experience for their mobile broadband customers. The cooperation with Samsung has been successful and shows that LTE services soon will be ready for the market".
"We are excited to announce the first commercial LTE device that is fully compliant with the standard and compatible with live LTE networks," said Byungduck Cho, Executive Vice President of Research and Development Centre, Digital Media and Communications Business in Samsung Electronics. "This mobile device will take the user experience to the next level by offering users a full broadband Internet experience on a LTE infrastructure."
LTE enables unprecedented performance in terms of peak data rates, spectrum efficiency and delay. LTE can be deployed both in new and existing frequency bands and is designed to minimize the cost of network operation and maintenance.
The end-to-end connection was provided via LTE FDD technology, using Ericsson?s own live LTE network and the world?s first commercial LTE device from Samsung.