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Description

This study details what LTE-Advanced brings to Mobile Network Operators and how it will help overcome the challenges of providing higher throughputs to more users. After detailing operators' deployment strategies, it presents the different features of LTE-Advanced and its roadmap before dealing with what 5G could look like. Operators' strategies are evaluated as well as the benefits and challenges which the features of LTE-Advanced help to overcome.

Companies

A1 Telekom,Alcatel-Lucent,Altair,AT&T,Broadcom,China Mobile,CSL Hong Kong,Dish Network,EE,Elisa,Ericsson,Etisalat,Fujitsu,HiSilicon,Huawei,Intel Mobile Communications,KT,LG,LG U+,MegaFon,NEC,NSN,NTTDOCOMO,Nvidia,Optimus,Optus,OrangeFrance,Pantech,Qualcomm,Samsung,Sequans,SK Telecom,Smart Communications,SoftBank,Sprint,Telkom SA,Telstra,T-Mobile,Tukcell,Verizon Wireless,Vodafone New Zealand,Yota/Scartel,ZTE

Countries

Asia-Pacific,Africa,Europe,Latin America,Middle East,North America,Australia,Austria,China,Finland,France,Japan,New Zealand,Russia,South Africa,South Korea,United Kingdom,USA

Table Of Contents

LTE advanced and 5G market: Ultrafast mobile broadband on its way
Contents

1. Executive Summary . . 8

1.1. South Korea leading LTE-Advanced deployments . 10
1.2. LTE-Advanced innovations - LTE-Advanced is ways richer than just carrier aggregation . 10
1.3. Latest vendor developments . 11
1.4. LTE-Advanced market taking off in 2014 . 12
1.5. Future trends: ‘5G' already on the radar screen 13

2. Methodology and definitions . 14

2.1. General methodology of IDATE's reports 14
2.2. Market assessment and forecasts 15
2.3. Definitions . 15

3. LTE-Advanced front runners - South Korea leading LTE-Advanced deployments 16

3.1. Asia-Pacific . 17
3.1.1. South Korea . 17
3.1.2. Japan . 20
3.1.3. China 21
3.1.4. New Zealand 21
3.1.5. Australia . 21
3.2. USA 22
3.2.1. ATandT Mobility: large small-cell deployment 22
3.2.2. Verizon Wireless 23
3.2.3. Sprint Nextel: partnering with Clearwire . 23
3.2.4. Dish Network 24
3.3. Africa . 24
3.3.1. South Africa 24
3.4. Middle East . 24
3.5. Europe . 25
3.5.1. Austria 25
3.5.2. Finland . 25
3.5.3. France 25
3.5.4. Russia 26
3.5.5. United Kingdom 26
3.6. Frequency bands used for carrier aggregation . 26

4. LTE-Advanced innovations - LTE-Advanced has more to offer than just carrier aggregation 28

4.1. Why is LTE-Advanced important today? . 28
4.2. 3GPP developments - LTE-Advanced delivers more than carrier aggregation 29
4.2.1. Release 10 and 11 . 30
4.2.2. Release 12 . 32
4.2.3. Beyond Release 12) . 34
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4.3. LTE-Advanced challenges and benefits for mobile operators . 36
4.3.1. Carrier aggregation 36
4.3.2. HetNets 39
4.3.3. Interference management - eICIC 40
4.3.4. CoMP . 40
4.3.5. MIMO improvements: Higher-order MIMO (HOM) 41
4.3.6. Relay function . 42
4.3.7. Device-to-device . 43
4.3.8. PPDR functions 44

5. LTE-Advanced - Latest vendor developments 46

5.1. Network infrastructure . 46
5.1.1. Huawei . 46
5.1.2. ZTE 47
5.1.3. Ericsson . 47
5.1.4. NSN 48
5.1.5. Samsung 49
5.1.6. Alcatel-Lucent . 50
5.2. LTE-Advanced chipsets and devices . 51
5.2.1. Chipsets . 51
5.2.2. Devices 53

6. LTE-Advanced market taking off in 2014 . 54

6.1. LTE-Advanced perspectives . 54
6.1.1. LTE-Advanced timescale . 54
6.1.2. Services . 55
6.1.3. LTE-Advanced tariffing: no premium but differentiation is likely . 55
6.1.4. LTE-Advanced speeds: 300 Mbps coming soon (on the downlink) 55
6.2. Market forecasts . 56
6.2.1. LTE-Advanced share of total LTE subscriptions . 56

7. Future trends: ‘5G' already on radar screen . 58

7.1. 5G technologies . 59
7.2. Frequency bands for 5G: focus on millimetre bands 63
7.2.1. 5G frequency band developments 63
7.2.2. Frequency bands below 6 GHz 65
7.2.3. Unlicensed frequency bands 67
7.2.4. Frequency bands above 6 GHz 71
7.3. 5G initiatives . 73
7.3.1. European Commission initiative . 73
7.3.2. METIS 74
7.3.3. ALU 75
7.3.4. Germany and UK initiative 76
7.3.5. Intel 76
7.3.6. South Korea . 76
7.3.7. Japan . 77
7.3.8. China 78
7.3.9. Huawei . 78

8. Glossary . 79

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Tables and Figures

Table 1: LTE-Advanced speeds (April 2014) . 10
Table 2: New technologies and associated benefits in LTE-Advanced 11
Table 3: LTE-Advanced deployment and features . 12
Table 4: Roadmap of LTE-Advanced implementations 16
Table 5: Frequency bands and bandwidth used for LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation . 27
Table 6 : LTE-Advanced bandwidth and data rates 28
Table 7: New technologies and associated benefits in LTE-Advanced 31
Table 8: Possible UE RF architectures for LTE-Advanced resource aggregation . 37
Table 9: New UE Categories introduced with LTE-Advanced 41
Table 10 : LTE-Advanced chipsets . 52
Table 11: LTE-Advanced smartphones and tablets at SKT (March 2014) . 53
Table 12: LTE-Advanced deployment and features . 54
Table 13: SK Telecom LTE-Advanced services 55
Table 14: LTE-Advanced speeds (April 2014) . 55
Table 15: Comparison of modulation schemes in existing and future radio access technologies 60
Table 16: Microwave and millimetre bands 65
Table 17: Main frequency bands for UMTS/HSPA/LTE deployment - FDD mode 66
Table 18: Main frequency bands for UMTS/HSPA/LTE deployment - TDD mode 67
Table 19: Main unlicensed bands below 6 GHz . 67
Table 20: Wifi generations . 68
Table 21: Spectrum bands targeted by Metis (9-37 GHz and >40 GHz) . 71
Figure 1: LTE-Advanced forecasts 12
Figure 2: 5G objective for the 5G Forum . 13
Figure 3: LTE spectrum and carrier aggregation in South Korea 17
Figure 4: Number of LTE-Advanced base stations deployed, as of September 2013 . 17
Figure 5: SKT LTE-Advanced service . 18
Figure 6: KT - Carrier aggregation 19
Figure 7: LG U+ LTE roadmap 19
Figure 8: ATandT small-cell categories 22
Figure 9: ATandT HARP software 23
Figure 10: Estimated spectrum holdings of Clearwire and Tier 1 US operators 24
Figure 11 : Available A1 spectrum . 25
Figure 12: LTE Releases timeline from introduction to the latest Release 29
Figure 13 : LTE evolution timetable . 29
Figure 14: LTE-Advanced improvements - the role of the different components . 30
Figure 15: Key features in LTE Release 10 30
Figure 16: Key features in LTE Release 11 - Physical layer aspects . 31
Figure 17: Vertical or 3D beamforming . 32
Figure 18: FDD/TDD carrier aggregation 33
Figure 19: Dynamic Wifi load balancing 33
Figure 20: 3GPP Release schedule 34
Figure 21: 3GPP freeze date for Release 13 35
Figure 22 : Towards massive MIMO 35
Figure 23: When do you plan to deploy small cells? . 36
Figure 24: Release 10 LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation . 36
Figure 25: Carrier aggregation examples 37 LTE-Advanced and 5G - Ultrafast mobile broadband on its way
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Figure 26: TDD carrier aggregation in LTE Releases . 38
Figure 27: HetNet using combination of macro and small cells 39
Figure 28 : Cell-edge UE data rates with eICIC . 40
Figure 29: The 4 CoMP . 40
Figure 30: Radio relay technology 42
Figure 31: Proximity services examples 43
Figure 32: Group calling 45
Figure 33: LTE-Advanced roadmap 46
Figure 34: ZTE cloud radio architecture 47
Figure 35: Ericsson Radio Dot System for indoor small cells 48
Figure 36: NSN Authorised Shared Access demonstration 48
Figure 37: Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station 49
Figure 38: Smart Cloud . 49
Figure 39: lightRadio architecture . 50
Figure 40: ZTE LTE multimode chipset roadmap 52
Figure 41: Huawei E5786 Cat 6 LTE mobile hotspot, powered by HiSilicon Balong 720 baseband . 53
Figure 42: SKT LTE-Advanced demonstrations 54
Figure 43: LTE-Advanced as a % of total LTE subscriptions 56
Figure 44: LTE-Advanced forecasts (‘000 subscriptions) 57
Figure 45: Possible timeline for 5G development 58
Figure 46: Example of Framework for 5G: maximum system capabilities . 59
Figure 47: Impact of packet loss on speed performance 60
Figure 48 : Filter Bank Multiple Access 61
Figure 49: Massive MIMO . 61
Figure 50: Ultra-dense HetNets 62
Figure 51: Multi-technology carrier aggregation 63
Figure 52: Example of 5G radio access 63
Figure 53: 5G frequency bands . 64
Figure 54: Signal attenuation vs frequency . 64
Figure 55: Use of multiple frequency bands for 5G . 65
Figure 56: 5 GHz spectrum possible extensions . 68
Figure 57: 60 GHz Band Channel Plan by Region 69
Figure 58: LTE in the 5 GHz band 70
Figure 59: LTE-U benefits over Wifi 70
Figure 60: Spectrum overview 72
Figure 61: 5G initiatives 73
Figure 62: 5G-PPP members 74
Figure 63: METIS objectives - timetable 74
Figure 64: METIS objectives . 75
Figure 65 : Context Aware Resource Allocation (CARA) . 76
Figure 66: 5G objective for the 5G Forum . 77
Figure 67: ARIB 5G vision 77
Figure 68: Potential key technologies . 78
Figure 69: 5G timetable 78

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