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LTE Advanced demoed by Ericsson; wireless speeds of 1 Gbps

Getting a wired 1 Gpbs Internet connection for your home here in the US is, well, nearly impossible at the moment. But what if you could get those kinds of download speeds wirelessly? Sweden's Ericsson unit demoed such a connection earlier this week, according to News.com. The demo, which was shown at the wireless phone company's home office in Sweden, according to a press release from the company, showed off its use of LTE Advanced, a much faster version of the LTE technology that is currently powering Verizon Wireless's 4G service.

The faster speeds in LTE Advanced were created in part due to combining the wireless signals from multiple carriers in a technique called carrier aggregation. The company also used a technology called MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) that "allows data to be sent and received much faster, even when the network is congested."

News.com's story points out that speed demos showing off LTE Advanced have been shown before by other wireless phone companies and carriers. However, Ericsson claims that LTE Advanced could start becoming available to the general public as early as 2013. Verizon's LTE-based 4G wireless network launched in the fall of 2010 in the US and has been expanding to more and more areas of the country. A recent survey by PC Magazine shows that Verizon's 4G network was the fastest wireless network in the country where it was available. AT&T is expected to launch its own faster LTE-based wireless network later this summer.

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