This post is by Tony Eid, Editor-in-Chief of Telecom Review
LTE-Advanced is the next major milestone in the evolution of LTE and is a crucial solution for addressing the increase in mobile data and the capacity crunch. It incorporates multiple enhancements including the aggregation of carriers and advanced antenna techniques, but most of the gain comes from improving indoor coverage.
Telecom Review was present at the summit at last year’s LTE North America 2013 summit and the focus on this enhancement was one of the major highlights of the show.
LTE-Advanced is here and the leading vendors across the globe (Ericsson, Huawei, NSN) have announced their support for LTE-Advanced. The logic behind this wide reception is simple: the demand for data is increasing fast and as a software upgrade on the network side LTE-Advanced promises to solve major 4G issues.
The hype over LTE-Advanced raises the obvious question of whether the new technology’s powerful indoor coverage enhancements will jeopardize the business of companies who provide solutions to help wireless operators, system integrators and equipment manufacturers enhance their wireless communications indoors.
Stepping into 2014, LTE-Advanced looks promising and according to reports the first devices to take advantage of these faster speeds are Huawei LTE-A dongles. These will go on sale by first half of 2014 and LTE-A phones will follow in the second half of the year.