Samsung unveils 6CA LTE modem with speeds of 1.2 Gbps

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Samsung showcases 6CA LTE modem tech

It's Samsung's move to throwback Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that was the first to support 1 Gbps speeds.

The technology allows network operators to provide fast and stable data communication by bundling more than two frequency bands to increase bandwidth. The new technology is rated to offer peak downlink speed of up to 1.2Gbps.

For those wondering just what they would do with that kind of network speed, Samsung offered the example of a full-length high definition movie, which it said could be downloaded in 10 seconds using the new technology.

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. It will also, hypothetically, eliminate buffering during video calls and live-stream broadcasts.

Carrier aggregation, as Tim explained in a write-up earlier this year, is a system where multiple carriers are combined to improve throughput and speeds.


Samsung expects to begin mass production of the mobile processor which will adopt the new technology by the end of 2017.

"The 1.2Gbps maximum downlink speed with 6CA support highlights Samsung's leading design capabilities and well-positions Samsung for the upcoming 5G era".

Samsung claims that the new technology has been built to support 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-input, Multiple-output) and a higher-order of 256 QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) scheme which will maximise the data transfer rate.

In addition, the company empowered telcos to efficiently utilize their existing frequency resources and equipment by applying enhanced licensed assisted access (eLAA) technology, which can utilize some of unlicensed band frequencies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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