Wireless Broadband : Description Of The "HSPA/LTE Peak Throughput Evolution: Double Every Year In Average" Graph Shown In Slide 4


This graph shows the evolution of peak throughput data rates for HSPA/LTE, with peak throughputs doubling every year on average between 2004 and expected growth to 2013. The two lines on the graph show downlink and uplink peak throughtput rates, with the downlink rate line consistently above the uplink. Starting in 2004, the downlink line for R'99 is at 384k (kilobits per second). Beginning in 2005, with HSDPA technology, it rises to 1.8 M (megabits per second), then to 3.6 M in 2006, 7.2 M in 2007, and 14.4 M in 2008. Beginning in 2009, with MIMO 2x2 technology, throughput rates increase to 28 M, and in 2010 with MIMO 640AM technology to 41 M. From 2011 onward, with projected LTE technology, rates increase further, to 140 M with LTE (10 MHz), and to 300 M with LTE (20 MHz), by 2012-13. For the uplink line, the starting point is 384 k for R'99 about 2006, increasing to 1.5 M in 2007 and 5.6 M in 2008 with HSUPA technology, and by 2010 to 11 M with HSUPA/16QAM. By 2012-13, with projected LTE technology, throughput rates increase to 25 M with LTE (10MHz) and to 50 M with LTE (20MHz).

This graph includes two notes:

  • Rates shown are peak rates; average user throughputs are lower.
  • Timeframes are based on potential deployment, including infrastructure/transport networks, devices, interoperability tests, etc. Standard timeframes are earlier.

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Updated June 25, 2015

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