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While 4G and 5G grab the attention, it is 3G networks based on WCDMA/HSPA technology that fulfill the role of global mobile broadband vehicle for all. The big question for operators is how to satisfy mobile-broadband demand in their 3G networks efficiently – while maintaining a high-quality user experience and maximizing revenue potential – as they roll out 4G networks.
Global adoption of smartphones is accelerating rapidly, and the way people use these devices in mobile networks is changing too. Voice no longer dominates: today’s smartphone users are most interested in internet browsing, social media, instant messaging and mobile app usage.
Spectrum is fundamental to the success of mobile wireless communications. In recent years, it has been difficult to add new spectrum due to incumbent or legacy use. Shared spectrum opens opportunities to unlock additional, currently underutilized, spectrum for mobile broadband, in situations when incumbent or co-primary use does not diminish the value of that spectrum to the mobile operator. This is important because clearing this underused spectrum for exclusive use by the mobile industry would not be possible within reasonable time frames.
As smartphones and tablets became the access devices of choice, mobile user behavior has undergone a fundamental shift from being predominantly voice-centric to data-centric – or, more accurately, app-centric. To provide for this, operators need new ways to assess performance and the quality of the user experience that enables operators to build and manage their networks in the most efficient, targeted and profitable way.