In a real-world test in Boca Raton, Florida, Verizon and technical partners have managed to pull gigabit speeds down to a smartphone. That's impressive all by its lonesome, but the real detail here is how those speeds were pulled off. Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm combined hardware and technology that's already in use to achieve the crazy speeds -- which means it's a solution you could see coming to a cell tower near you in the very forseeable future.
The test was the first time that a carrier has tried aggregating licensed cell spectrum -- the airwaves your sweet LTE already comes over -- with unlicensed spectrum that anyone can already use (in this case, the same spectrum that's used for your home Wi-Fi network).
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