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Ericsson Demonstrates HSPA at 168M Bps

Ericsson has demonstrated HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) with download speeds
up to 168M bps (bits per second) and 24M
bps on the uplink, the company said on Monday.

The demo used a prototype consumer device and commercial network equipment, with
SingTel in attendance at Ericsson's

To reach 168M bps, Ericsson used a number of radio tricks, including antenna
technology MIMO (Multiple-Input
Multiple-Output) and sending data over several channels at the same time. MIMO
uses multiple antennas in the base
station and on the device to increase speeds.

The demo will also be conducted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according
to Ericsson.

Besides HSPA at 168M bps, Ericsson has also demonstrated HSPA with 42M bps using
a single channel and 84M bps using two
channels. Operators already offer HSPA at 42M bps, but they have to use two
channels. By only using one channel aided by
MIMO, operators can "be much more efficient with their valuable radio spectrum",
Ericsson said.

The first commercial network implementations of single-carrier HSPA at 42M bps
and dual-carrier HSPA at 84M bps are
expected this year. The company didn't provide details on the arrival for HSPA
at 168M bps.

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