Delivering additional radio-network capacity and coverage through the deployment of small cells as part of a heterogeneous network is central to most mobile operators’ mobile-broadband strategies, and Wi-Fi is a key element to satisfying the hungry data appetites of millions of smartphone and tablet users.
Gemma Vall-Llosera, an Ericsson Research specialist in high-speed access and architecture, takes us on a tour of some state-of-the-art demos in the latest Follow the Expert film.
As the Networked Society takes shape, providing the right user experience is a top priority for operators. Bandwidth-hungry applications common on smartphones, tablets and other connected devices are driving figures for data traffic sky high. The opportunity for operators arises from people, business and society depending on their devices, mobile broadband access and high-performance networks. Heterogeneous networks, commonly known as hetnets, are efforts to improve and densify existing mobile broadband infrastructure together with added small cells are important when meeting ever-increasing user expectations.
Backhaul plays a critical role in mobile broadband, and is rising in importance on account of the introduction of heterogeneous networks, known as hetnets. Deploying vast numbers of small cells to complement improved and densified macrocell layers will require a range of highly scalable, flexible mobile backhaul solutions that support superior user experience.
As we move toward the Networked Society, operators the world over are turning toward LTE to meet the demands of users in an all-connected world. A recent five-part Ericsson article series, which takes a closer look at LTE-related subjects of interest to operators, has been packaged into a handy brochure called "LTE: A global success story."
People want to be able to use their smartphones, laptops, tablets and other devices everywhere, and so they need access to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi. Now that mobile broadband and mobile multimedia services are so popular, subscribers are beginning to expect broadband access to be available wherever they go – not just at home or in the office. People want to be able to connect from their cars, on the train, in aircraft, from remote locations, in the urban jungle and even from areas where it is difficult to provide access, such as in mines, tough terrain or subway tunnels.
In the first part of our new LTE article series, we look at why consistently good user experience demands an end-to-end ecosystem approach.