Samsung's latest LTE modem supports faster-than-fiber speeds

Samsung's latest LTE modem supports faster-than-fiber speeds

Samsung's latest LTE modem supports faster-than-fiber speeds

To get such speeds, mobile operators allow the chips to grab multiple LTE frequencies, like 800Mhz and 1.8GHz, and combine them.

Samsung has now unveiled a new 6CA (carrier aggregation) LTE modem that is claimed to be capable of offering speeds up to 1.2Gbps.

The Korean tech giant first introduced the Exynos 9 in February, which adopted the 5CA technology of 1 Gbps. An increase in aggregation capability of the modem is going to not only give you high-speed internet, but also will offer smoother and quick data transfers. It may take a good while before people are able to start realizing gigabit download speeds on their mobiles. There's a very good chance that the Galaxy S9 might be the first smartphone to feature this new LTE modem. The new modem will allow users to download a two-hour movie in HD quality- in just ten seconds.

The modem will begin to be produced at the end of the year 2017 and is expected to equip the Exynos processor 10 of the Galaxy S9 from Samsung. It will also, hypothetically, eliminate buffering during video calls and live-stream broadcasts. Unless roadmaps change drastically, none of the US carriers will support six carrier aggregation in time for the next iPhone or the Galaxy S9. The 3GPP now defines carrier aggregation as a maximum of five component carriers, each having up to 20 megahertz of bandwidth.

Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Xperia XZ Premium are those few flagship handsets which support Cat.16: (4CA) LTE technology with the max speed of 1000 Mbit/s.

The new LTE modem was developed in partnership with Anritsu, a telecommunication measuring instrument provider. So far, there's no indication that Samsung's Exynox chips will be available for the U.S. version of the Galaxy S9.

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