Phil Marshall

April 22, 2014

Unlicensed LTE (uLTE) has been put under the spotlight since it was proposed by Qualcomm in November 2013. The uLTE solution uses the radio carrier aggregation of LTE-Advanced to allow licensed radio spectrum technologies to aggregate carriers that operate in unlicensed bands. From a technical perspective, the solution is elegant in its simplicity. However, uLTE needs more than technical elegance for mass market success and depends on a variety of factors including support by the 3GPP, equipment vendors and service providers.

Since it is still in its infancy, most industry players are adopting a “wait and see” approach to the efficacy ...    


April 15, 2014

LTE network deployments have accelerated at an unprecedented rate since the first commercial networks were deployed by TeliaSonera in Stockholm and Oslo in December 2009. The strong interest in LTE is being driven by consumers’ seemingly insatiable appetite for data services that is buoyed primarily by the proliferation of smartphone devices. As this occurs, infrastructure vendors are feverishly competing for market share and incumbency. Traditionally, this incumbency is important for a variety of reasons. In particular it:

Provides market scale needed to fund research and development costs. Enables continued prosperity as legacy networks are retired Creates downstream revenue opportunities for software and services. ...