Finnish cable and telecom operator Elisa has claimed a world first by delivering a broadband speed of 1.9Gbps in its 4G mobile test network.
Elisa said it was the first operator globally to reach this speed. The record was set using technology from Huawei.
The current maximum speed provided by Elisa over its network is 450Mbps while the fastest mobile broadband subscription it offers delivers speeds of up to 300Mbps.
“This new speed record is a step towards the 5G network and also an excellent indication of all the opportunities the 4G network still has to offer. The speeds that the 4G network offers are continuously increasing and, possibly in the next few years, we will even be able to offer mobile data connections of several gigabits per second to our customers,” says Sami Komulainen, vice-president of mobile network services at Elisa.
“A speed of almost two gigabits may seem unheard-of, and many people are wondering if such speeds are even needed in everyday use. However, there will be more and more demand for high-speed connections in the future as, for example, 360-degree videos and virtual reality applications become more popular.”