4G mobile broadband evolution

Wireless data usage continues to increase at an unprecedented pace. While smartphones such as the iPhone and BlackBerry are now commonplace, penetration rates of tablets such as Apple’s iPad are also increasing rapidly.

The use of tablets greatly increases the demand for wireless video applications which puts tremendous stress on the wireless network (higher resolution expected and thus higher user rates required over larger coverage areas).

This is, consequently, driving the need for continued innovations in wireless data technologies to provide more capacity and higher quality of service. 3GPP technologies have evolved from GSM-EDGE, to UMTS-HSPA-HSPA+, to now initial LTE deployments, to provide increased capacity and user experience.

This white paper discusses details of the deployment progress of GSM-EDGE and UMTS-HSPA+, as well as the recent Rel-8 LTE commercial deployments.

This white paper originally published on 4G Americas


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