Sprint Tests its Gigabit Network on Motorola Phone with Snapdragon 835 Soc

That is to say, Sprint demonstrated its gigabit capabilities in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans using 4×4 MIMO, 256-QAM, and three-carrier aggregation in order to reach speeds of 600 Mbps on a Motorola prototype device during an National Basketball Association game. The device in question used the X16 modem and Snapdragon 835 processor in order to complete the test, and this marks the first time we've heard of a Motorola smartphone rocking the latest silicon from Qualcomm.

Sprint showed off its Gigabit LTE network at an even in New Orleans.

It now appears that Sprint will be getting the Moto Z (2017), as the carrier has been showing off a cloaked Motorola flagship smartphone that just so happens to be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that's able to take advantage of its upcoming Gigabit LTE service. "This is yet another step in accelerating global adoption of Gigabit Class LTE, enabling us to see a glimpse of our 5G future". The device Sprint demonstrated its Gigabit LTE network could be that handset.

We're not quite ready for 5G yet, but Gigabit LTE is here - at least, it's starting to get really close for Sprint customers. To achieve these speeds, the handset needs to not only support 256-QAM and three-carrier aggregation, but it also has to fit four MIMO antennas inside the phone, which is a hard task.

Sprint may be the fourth-place USA wireless carrier and panned for its spotty nationwide coverage, but the company is already laying the groundwork to boost its LTE network to gigabit speeds.

"Only Sprint has enough licensed spectrum to deliver this level of capacity and performance in major markets across the country", Sprint Chief Technical Officer John Saw said. This could take some time, since most now available smartphones do not support these technologies. Sprint plans to also utilize Massive MIMO, a key element of 5G, to further enhance capacity and coverage of its 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum.

Sprint (NYSE:S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most.

Achieving the speed in a 4G LTE service required Sprint to update software at the base station providing service.

  • Carolyn Briggs