The recent launch of Sprint Spark is the latest sign that LTE competition is moving from network coverage to data speed and capacity. Sprint and Softbank are implementing LTE TDD to increase capacity and performance for their hybrid TDD/FDD network. LTE TDD (a.k.a. TD-LTE) will play a major role in how operators add new spectrum bands in the 1.9, 2.6, 3.5GHz bands and above.
Since the beginning of standardization, LTE has been designed as a single radio interface to support both FDD and TDD. This principle provides a solid foundation for LTE TDD’s success on a global scale. It also enables the harmonization of the LTE TDD and FDD ecosystems. This harmonized ecosystem will be key for LTE TDD’s global success.
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MWC 2015 Review & Analysis
9 Mar 2015
09:30 GMT (05:30 EST / 02:30 PST)
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- “Cavium is establishing a unique position across the entire wireless infrastructure,” noted Sue Rudd, Director Service Provider Analysis at Strategy Analytics. “It has a leading position in 3G/4G macro base stations, EPC and LTE small cells through its extensive portfolio of OCTEON, OCTEON Fusion and ThunderX products. Now Cavium’s MWC 2015 demonstration could not only ignite the C-RAN market with standard Ethernet fronthaul, but also accelerate true multi-frequency virtual RANs (vRANs).”
- “In my opinion, FCC is actually more concerned with creating ‘universal (basic) broadband access’ for everyone under Title II and is likely to take a dim view of restrictions that increase costs of consumer access by cutting off sponsors,” said analyst Sue Rudd of Strategy Analytics.
- Sue Rudd, Director, Service Provider Analysis, Strategy Analytics, says: "Ericsson Networks Software 15B offers end user and operator benefits from radio access to IP core and into the cloud that improve capacity, lower costs and simplify operations. These new capabilities provide substantial incentives for operators to upgrade."
- “Despite massive cost savings per-gigabyte from new investment in LTE, the total cost of operations for mobile broadband networking is projected to fall by only a factor of 3, while selling prices per GB are projected to fall by a factor of 10 over a period through 2018” explained Sue Rudd,
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