LTE & 5G

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The transition to 4G LTE mobile services offers carriers the opportunity to monetize data in new ways. Although the move to 4G’s OFDM based technologies will bring traffic capacity enhancements, the market continues to see innovation in network architecture and infrastructure components with the addition of new products and services such as small cells and LTE-Broadcast. Challenges remain in terms of spectrum choice, the availability of compatible devices, creating viable wholesale business models, driving economy of scale for chipset technology vendors, and establishing the positioning between TD-LTE and FD-LTE variants.

While 5G has not been ratified, and commercialization may not happen until 2018 to 2020, vendors, National Governments, and Standardization Bodies are starting to jostle for position. Some common themes are gaining traction for 5G including its ability to: utilize Higher Spectrum Bands (20+ GHz bands and use ultra-wide channels); utilize small cells of between 100m and 2 Km; offer 1 Gbps without having to resort to large spectrum channel aggregations. They can also deploy MIMO Antennas but there are challenges to using high order of antennas within small form-factor devices. The service will keep track of 5G research developments and standardization efforts.

Analysis & Data

LTE Antenna Design Shapes the Performance of Your Network
4G Subscribers, Devices, and Networks
General Economic Indicators
LTE and the SIM - A Vision of the Future
LTE-TDD Proves a Game-changer for Carriers
The Battle for the Mobile Device Channel
Standards Leadership within the 3GPP
Evolution of LTE & LTE-Advanced
LTE Baseband ICs
LTE Baseband Semiconductor Vendors
LTE Backhaul, Fronthaul, and Flexihaul Considerations

Insights

Strict Net Neutrality Is Not Fit for Mobile Broadband
Kickstarting 5G with Euros and Thought Leadership
LTE Operators Get Ready to Support Roaming
Huawei Battles Increasing Video Traffic with eMBMS
Pro and Anti Net Neutrality: It Is a Close Call
Sprint and T-Mobile US?

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