It's easy to shrug off technical achievements like this while real-world data speeds still lag so far behind. Nevertheless, the adrenalin junkies at Nokia Siemens Services insist their latest HSPA+ platform will be commercially available to carriers by the end of next year and, to prove it actually works, they've been demoing at PT Expo Comm in Beijing. The technology uses the latest 3GPP standardization to hog eight 42Mbps frequency channels at the same time, delivering a peak throughput of 336Mbps. Sure, it doesn't come close to the 1Gbps speeds we've seen from Ericsson with LTE-Advanced, but if it gets here first we'll have it.

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Nokia Siemens Networks gives first public demo of 336 Mbps HSPA+ at PT Expo Comm

Beijing, China – September 26, 2011
Leadership in evolution of HSPA+ addresses upsurge in mobile broadband traffic

Nokia Siemens Networks will be demonstrating an HSPA+ data call with peak throughput of 336 megabits per second (Mbps) at PT Expo Comm in Beijing, China. The industry's first Long Term HSPA Evolution showcase demonstrates the feasibility of improving HSPA+ speed and capacity by using multi-carrier and multiband technology.

"HSPA evolution is increasingly gaining importance as the technology is capable of achieving high data rates of over 300 Mbps," said Keith Sutton, head of the WCDMA business line for Nokia Siemens Networks. "Existing HSPA+ customers and new 3G entrants can deploy multi-carrier and multiband HSPA technology as it will allow them to offer the best user experience for bit-rate hungry applications such as the transfer of large files and mobile TV."

"We have been working closely with Nokia Siemens Networks to help accelerate the deployment of next generation technologies around the world," added Peter Carson, senior director of product management at Qualcomm. "The implementation of new concepts in networks and devices supports the evolution of any technology, and this demonstration is another step forward."

The demonstration* will be conducted using Nokia Siemens Networks' commercial Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Multicontroller platform alongside MDM8220™ test terminals from Qualcomm Incorporated. The showcase combines eight HSPA carriers (multi-carrier), each carrying 42 Mbps with MIMO and 64 QAM modulation. This configuration can be allocated from one or multiple frequency bands (multiband), simultaneously for one data connection of over 300 Mbps. Multi-carrier and multiband HSPA is standardized in 3GPP Release 8 through 11, and the standardization for eight carriers is expected to be completed by 2012. The eight-carrier product will be available from Nokia Siemens Networks by end of 2012.

Operators' investments can be fully protected with HSPA+ as Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Multicontroller platform can support multi-carrier and multiband technology with a simple software upgrade. These two products are the key elements of Nokia Siemens Networks' Single RAN offering** supporting rapidly evolving cellular networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks leads the evolution of HSPA+, and is driving the standardization of Long Term HSPA Evolution to achieve speeds of more than 650 Mbps***. With the eight-carrier HSPA+ demo, Nokia Siemens Networks makes Long Term HSPA Evolution a reality. The company was the first to demonstrate HSPA data rates exceeding 150 Mbps at Mobile World Congress 2011 and 250 Mbps at CTIA 2011. Nokia Siemens Networks has the largest number of WCDMA/HSPA customers worldwide at more than 200 operators, and provides the industry's leading radio network solution with its Single RAN.