Qualcomm's recently announced push to see LTE services deployed on unlicensed spectrum raises lots of questions, chief of which is how this might impact the carrier Wi-Fi market.
It's the end of the year. Traditionally, that's the time when folks in the tech media (analysts included) talk about their expectations for the upcoming year. Which technologies and services will gain momentum? Which will fall behind? What new innovations might we see emerge? Sometimes this is actually done within the context of the year we're trying to put behind us. You know, the whole looking back to look forward thing.
Following the lead of EE in the United Kingdom, fellow European operators Telefonica and Vodafone have jumped on the LTE Advanced carrier aggregation bandwagon with testing underway in Germany.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo laid claim to what it said was the world's first transmission exceeding 1.2 Gbps in a field test using a single-size antenna incorporating a new transmission technology for LTE Advanced systems
Samsung Electronics remains confident the smartphone market will continue to grow, especially at the high end of devices with LTE Advances capabilities. However, the company, which is the world leader by volume in handset and smartphone shipments, acknowledged that it could do better in software and also signaled that it is open to a wider array of acquisitions.
"Intel Inside" now extends to multimode LTE modems aimed at tablets and smartphones as the vendor makes an impressive play for a part of the chip market currently owned by Qualcomm.
Adding capacity and LTE Advanced features will make architecting networks a more complex job. Carriers likely won't trumpet these advancements in their marketing, other than to tout speed and reliability. But the door is open for them to improve their LTE networks and then use those improvements as a gateway to future revenue growth.
Verizon Wireless has started deploying LTE in its AWS spectrum to boost capacity in key markets, a Verizon spokesman confirmed.
Nokia Solutions and Networks and Juniper Networks are trying to position themselves as top dogs in both cellular and IP networking, leading them to expand their long-time partnership agreement to include secure IP connectivity for LTE and LTE Advanced networks.
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson and Korean operator SK Telecom have taken advantage of an LTE Advanced (LTE-A) capability to enable mobility without the need for an inter-cell handover between base stations.