LTE meets, and in most cases exceeds, the requirements for a 4G technology – and is consequently a key enabler for future 4G mobile broadband delivery.
In parallel with 3G evolution based on HSPA, LTE radio-access technology has been developed by 3GPP to offer a fully capable 4G mobile broadband platform. Through a range of innovative 4G functionalities, LTE enables operators to manage more traffic and meet growing data-rate demands.
The evolution of LTE, also referred to as LTE-Advanced or LTE Release 10, provides bandwidth extension and spectrum aggregation, extended multi-antenna transmission, relaying functionality and enhanced support for 4G mobile broadband heterogeneous network deployments.
New services and improved device capabilities mean that mobile broadband traffic and consumer data-rate demands are growing at an unprecedented rate. How can network operators respond?