Beyond LTE: Enabling the Mobile Broadband Explosion Toward 5G

Beyond LTE: Enabling the Mobile Broadband Explosion Toward 5G 
4G Americas Releases New Rysavy Research Report 
BELLEVUE, WA  -- (Marketwired) -- 08/26/14 --   4G Americas, a
wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of
technologies, today announced the publication of a report by Rysavy
Research titled, Beyond LTE: Enabling the Mobile Broadband Explosion.
The report compares on multiple levels the mobile broadband
technologies of today, as well as the future technologies that are
being standardized or planned, and their ability to deliver greater
performance in the increasingly complex and challenging mobile
computing industry. Comparisons that are provided in the report
include throughput speeds for uplink and downlink, spectral capacity,
latency, scope and scale, and other important features. 
"Major developments for the mobile industry this past year include
rapid deployment of 4G LTE networks with expansion to cover nearly
all of the U.S. population, deepening smart device capabilities and
more sophisticated approaches for addressing data demand which
continues to grow unabated," stated Peter Rysavy, President of Rysavy
Research and author of this new report for 4G Americas. "Other new
developments in the area of spectrum and regulatory policy, to
assuage the explosion of mobile broadband traffic, include urgent
calls for additional spectrum, and have led to licensing with complex
considerations, such as incentive auctions of TV broadcasting
spectrum and spectrum sharing between government and commercial
With 6.4 billion connections today, the 3GPP family of technologies
is available on nearly 800 networks in more than 220 countries
worldwide. It is anticipated that most of those networks will evolve
to LTE. Globally, LTE has more than doubled in mobile connections
from 124 million at the 2H 2013 to 282 million at the 2H 2014, and
the number of deployments has tripled from 96 to 318 commercial
networks during the same timeframe. With the first commercial
deployment of LTE-Advanced in South Korea in 2013, there are now 17
commercial LTE-Advanced networks with 30 or more expected by the end
of this year.  
The following are some of the important observations of the paper: 

--  Mobile broadband -- encompassing networks, devices and applications --
    is becoming one of the most successful and fastest growing industries of
    all time. Computing itself is transitioning from a PC era to a mobile
    era with many users never having to use a PC.
--  Consumer and business applications have driven data demand until now,
    but machine-to-machine communication, also called the Internet of
    Things, will generate progressively higher volumes of traffic in the
--  Cloud computing is a significant and growing contributor to data demand.
    Growth drivers include cloud-based data synchronization, backup,
    applications, and streaming media.
--  The wireless industry is addressing exploding data demand through a
    combination of spectrally more efficient technology, denser deployments,
    small cells, Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets), self-configuration, self-
    optimization, use of unlicensed spectrum with Wi-Fi, and the future
    possibility of LTE operation in unlicensed bands.
--  LTE is the global-cellular technology platform of choice for wireless
    carriers and the fastest mobile broadband technology ever deployed. 
--  The wireless technology roadmap now extends through International Mobile
    Telecommunications (IMT)-Advanced, with LTE-Advanced capable of peak
    theoretical throughput rates exceeding 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). Key
    capabilities include carrier aggregation, more advanced smart antennas,
    and better HetNet support.

Technology advancements reviewed in the report include:  

--  Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking
    (SDN) tools and architectures to enable operators to reduce network
    costs, simplify deployment of new services, and scale their networks.
--  New Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network that supports both LTE and
    interoperability with legacy GSM-UMTS radio-access networks and non-
    3GPP-based radio access networks. As part of EPC, the Policy and
    Charging Control (PCC) architecture flexibly manages Quality of Service
    (QoS), enabling new types of applications as well as more granular
    billing arrangements.
--  Small cells are currently being deployed by operators; the industry
    vision is that millions of small cells will ultimately lead to vast
    increases in capacity. However, to achieve cost-effective deployment,
    complex issues must be addressed, including self-optimization,
    interference management, and backhaul.
--  Unlicensed spectrum is playing an ever more important role as a means to
    increase data capacity. Innovations include tighter Wi-Fi coupling to
    mobile broadband networks, automatic authentication and network
    selection, and more secure communications. 3GPP is also studying a
    version of LTE that will operate in unlicensed spectrum.

And ultimately, the next generation beyond 4G: 

--  5G research and development has started for possible networks in 2020 or
    beyond. Unofficial initial goals include a broad range of usage models,
    throughput speeds 100 times higher than what is possible today, sub-1-
    msec latency, and the ability to harness spectrum at extremely high

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, noted, "It is increasingly
evident in this new informational age that mobile broadband is the
key enabler of the connected society. LTE continues its momentum
throughout the world and the Rysavy report puts the entire wireless
ecosystem into perspective." 
The white paper, Beyond LTE: Enabling the Mobile Broadband Explosion,
and its accompanying slide presentation, was created in collaboration
with Rysavy Research by the member companies of 4G Americas and is
available for free download at 
About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Mobile Broadband
4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading
telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The
organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement
and full capabilities of the 3GPP family of mobile broadband
technologies, including LTE-Advanced, throughout the ecosystem's
networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in
the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the success of 3GPP
technologies and their No. 1 place in the region. 4G Americas is
headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. More information is available at or and 
4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent,
América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel,
Ericsson, HP, Mavenir, Nokia, Openwave Mobility, Qualcomm, Rogers,
Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Telefónica. 
Vicki Livingston
4G Americas 
+1 262 242 3458
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