T-Mobile achieves speeds of 1.175Gbps in LTE lab tests


Late last year, T-Mobile showed off a lab test in which it achieved near-1Gbps speeds. Now T-Mo is one-upping itself.

T-Mobile posted a brief video that shows it achieving LTE speeds of 1.175Gbps in lab tests. You can check it out for yourself below.

To achieve these speeds, T-Mo used Nokia’s 4.9G network powered by a Nokia AirScale Base Station paired with a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem mobile test device. There were 12 independent streams of LTE data and 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and three-carrier aggregation across 60MHz of downlink spectrum.

Here’s what T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray had to say about this lab test:

“Every meaningful network innovation in recent years has come first from T-Mobile. We already have America’s fastest and most advanced LTE network, and we’ve built it to advance faster for customers than anybody else out there. These tests with Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies prove that T-Mobile customers have a lot more speed to look forward to from our LTE network as we evolve to 5G.”

It’s important to note that these 1.175Gbps LTE speeds were achieved in a lab setting with ideal conditions. Qualcomm EVP Cristiano Amon says that devices supporting these high speeds should be made available in the first half of 2018, and while you may not be able to hit 1.175Gbps speeds while you’re out and about in your town, at least you’ll be able to get your hands on new hardware with improved networking capabilities soon.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • John Doe

    Aren’t they supposed to get that speed IN A LAB?

    The X16 is as good as the X20…no need to upgrade just for that better to wait for 5G.

  • Polish Announce Table

    This means nothing. It’s like those lab tests that get petabyte speeds. I’ve never gotten past 38 Mbps on an S8+.

    • Joseph Torres

      Well no, this test was done to prove that when they launch their version of 5G it has speeds up to 1gbps. Its not a today thing, as todays phone dont support it yet and their towers aren’t ready. It’s a progress in the works but 38 mbps is still a great speed to get.

      • John Doe

        The S8 does support it…it has the X16 modem which can reach gigabit speeds but you will never get that outside of a lab and T-Mobile does not have the spectrum needed right now for gigabit speeds.

        • Joseph Torres

          Hmm thought the luanch of the 600 mhz would be the time they finalize what they will be using for their 5G. A phone can have many components, and only use a few on the network. But I only know so much since I haven’t taken the time to actually look at the latest phones. Can’t wait for the 600 mhz, I really hope tmobile gets the network to challenge the top 2.

        • master94

          600 mhz wont be used for 5G. Low bands like 600 are for coverage and high bands for speed.

        • SirStephenH

          T-Mobile said right after the auction that they will be using some of their band 71 for 5g. You still need lowband with 5g for coverage or it wouldn’t be very useful. It will be aggregated with medium and high bands which is where the speed will come in.

        • SirStephenH

          They’re planning ahead. The equipment they’re using for band 71 can be upgraded to 5g later through a software patch.

        • Android_King

          Sadly S8,S8+ and note 8 don’t support 600mhz

        • John Doe

          I am talking about the gigabit modem…you don’t need 600Mhz for that. T-Mobile doesn’t even have enough of it in big cities just in rural areas.

    • enoch861

      That’s unfortunate if you’ve never gotten anything over 38Mbps. I get over 100Mbps quite easily.
      Either way, the lab speeds might not mean much at present times, but they pave the way for real world deployments.

    • vinnyjr

      I get over 65MB during the day in my brick house. Get 100+ all the time around the Suburb of Boston where I live. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • Trevor Traub

      You may want to look into upgrading your sim card. Old sims can have effects on speed. Getting about 60-80 Mbps in a congested area in Chicago right now.

      • Polish Announce Table

        Have a year old SIMmy. They treat the Detroit area like second class citizens.

        • jkj2001

          I can get over 100Mbps in Dearborn and never get below 40Mbps anywhere around the area. Something must be wrong with your device.

        • turtle6988

          As a field tech in Detroit that is not true. We are working everyday to improve our network in Detroit. We are upgrading sites on Almost a daily basis

        • noh1bvisas

          TMO always says that.

        • turtle6988

          Believe what you want. That is your choice. These are my views and not that of T-Mobile

        • noh1bvisas

          yep. and “your call is important to us, please hold.”

        • turtle6988

          I know for a fact we our currently upgrading a site for coverage and capacity at McNicolos and Southfield and 2 are planned by the end of the month at Greenfield and Grandriver and another one at Warren Rd and Tireman. Those are sites in my area of responsibility but I know there are more

        • noh1bvisas

          i can only speak from my own experience. TMO has been telling me that since January. i’ve seen no improvement.

        • Brandon

          Where do u live?

        • noh1bvisas


        • turtle6988

          What general area do youlive in?

        • kanakamaoli

          Is that the case for the rest of the US? I’ve seen minimal 700 b12 sites around Honolulu Hi. Actually, most b12 coverage is on the outskirts of the city if any. This is from late last year. While outdoor coverage is good to great here. Once your inside of a building lte drops to hspa and this is smack dab in the middle of the city. Btw, how would I know if the b12 roll out here is complete or not? Thanks

        • turtle6988

          I dont know what is going on it other markets

        • Romdude

          The new 600 mhz covers pretty much the entire state. We’ll just have to wait for that.

        • Polish Announce Table

          Still no idea why my connection sucks off of Jefferson then. I am outside, should be getting 200 Mbps not 30 max. Both my S7 and S8.

        • turtle6988

          If your off of Jefferson make sure your not roaming on Rodgers towers in Canada

        • Polish Announce Table

          Yeah. I’ve disabled roaming because of that.

        • Arthur Mitchell

          I just tested my speed on t-mobile. Detroit. Year old sim. 112 mbps. Plenty fast for me.

    • Trevnerdio

      I’ve gotten over 200 on my S8+ :D

    • Zach Chadwick

      I’ve gotten 112mbps on my iPhone 7 Plus.

    • SirStephenH

      I hit speeds in the 60s near where I live and have hit the mid 100s in larger cities. My problem is congestion in rural areas which rely heavily on lowband. Can’t wait for band 71 to kick speeds up a notch.

  • J.J.

    Awesome! Now let’s get A signal in rural.

    • Cole

      I believe that’s what they are planning with the 600mhz spectrum.

  • Miles

    I’m less interested in speeds these days. 4G LTE is plenty fast on mobile. I’m more interested in distance and penetration. This press release seems like a great opportunity make a bold new claim on a benchmark but it doesn’t instill confidence in my ability to personally benefit from it in my daily life. I’m not complaining but then I’m not exactly jumping for joy either.

    • g2a5b0e

      I agree with you 100%. I’ll never be against the progress of technology, but data speeds (especially with T-Mobile) are not a concern for me right now. I often get 50-100MBps in the areas I frequent which is more than fast enough. There are many other things I think they could be more concerned about just like you mentioned.

    • Phil

      Totally agree. Right now I’m sitting in a building in Lone Tree, windows all around, download of 1.35 Mbps, upload of 0.21 Mbps on a U11. Get me some freaking building penetration.

  • francob911 .

    What T-Mobile phones would be compatible with band 71?(600mhz) Other than the LG V30

    • master94

      A upcoming Samsung phone according to tmobile is the only other phone confirmed to come this year with support for the band. The one thing we know for sure is the next iphone wont support it because of its intel modem.

  • John Brown

    Now all you need to do is provide better coverage in rural areas. I’m moving to east Central Indiana and I’m going to have to change carriers (probably going to Sprint, f**k the big 2) because despite the map showing coverage all over the place, I lose signal near Richmond and between New Lisbon and New Castle. Funny thing is I have great coverage down here east of Cincinnati, and the terrain is rougher than the corn fields of Indiana.

    • SirStephenH

      That’s where band 71 comes in which they’re already aggressively rolling out.