While carriers and OEMs are doing their best to provide LTE connectivity to consumers, there’s a limit on the speeds that can be achieved right now. Right now, standard LTE can provide download peaks of 300Mbit/s, while LTE Advanced is capable of 1Gbit/s and beyond. Huawei recently revealed that they’re working on a technology that could shatter both those numbers, with wireless speeds reaching 30Gbit/s.
Huawei is calling it “Beyond LTE technology”, and claim it’s over 30 times faster than existing LTE networks. The company says it managed to achieve this thanks to “key breakthroughs in antenna structure, radio frequency architecture, IF (intermediate frequency) algorithms, and multi-user MIMO (multi-input multi-output).”
Currently LTE makes use of 20 Mhz bandwidth to achieve that 300Mbit/s number, and LTE Advanced increases that up to 100 Mhz. It’s not clear exactly what bandwidth Huawei is utilizing in order to hit 30Gbit/s, although they do make note of “wideband” requirements.
Huawei also didn’t mention if their development was compatible with existing LTE technologies, nor did they indicate when we might be seeing it in practical applications. We’ll just have to get used to cripplingly slow LTE speeds for now.