Vodacom breaks 100 Mbps download speed

Vodacom’s trial LTE network shows speeds of over 125 Mbps in the downlink and 30 Mbps in the uplink

September 22, 2010
Vodacom breaks 100 Mbps download speed

Vodacom recently showed off their LTE network at a media event in Midrand, achieving speeds of around 70 Mbps. This is the first LTE network in the country, utilizing Vodacom’s existing 2.1 GHz spectrum.

The company today demonstrated this network again, but with far better results than previously.

In live tests the Vodacom LTE network easily exceeded download speeds of 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 30 Mbps.  Maximum speeds of around 125 Mbps in the downlink were achieved.

This is the first time that the 100 Mbps mobile broadband speed limit has been broken in South Africa.

What was particularly impressive is the latency of the LTE network, which typically ranged between 8 ms and 10 ms.  This makes LTE particularly suitable for latency sensitive applications such as gaming.

This demonstration used a trial 150 Mbps Huawei modem.  The modem is currently still a large desktop modem, but it is expected to shrink to USB modem size in the coming months.

At the same demonstration Vodacom also illustrated their 42 HSPA+ network with equally impressive speeds.

Downlink speeds ranged between 35 Mbps and 39 Mbps with uplink speeds between 1 Mbps and 4 Mbps.

Vodacom said that their network is ready to launch 42 Mbps HSPA+, but the lack of modems, vendor software and transmission capacity is delaying a commercial launch.

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