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Is LTE-A Powerful? What is it and how does it work?

What is LTE-A and how do I use it?

LTE-A or Long Term Evolution-Advanced is a standard for high-speed wireless communication that provides true 4G+ speeds for mobile phones and devices

LTE-A is a mobile broadband technology that uses radio spectrum to provide wireless Internet access. It is the latest wireless broadband technology and is seen as a step up from 3G and LTE due to the superior connectivity speeds, improved stability and coverage.

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With LTE-A you can get up to 50Mbps in ideal network and coverage conditions. However, speed is dependent on various factors such as distance from the base station, time of day, terrain, obstacles (such as buildings and trees) etc. It also depends on how many people in the area are connected at the same time on the network and how many devices are being used in-home at the same time.

The LTE+ format was first proposed by NTT DoCoMo of Japan and has been adopted as the international standard.[2]LTE standardization has matured to a state where changes in the specification are limited to corrections and  bug fixes. The first commercial services were launched in Sweden and Norway in December 2009[3] followed by the United States and Japan in 2010. More LTE networks were deployed globally during 2010 as a natural evolution of several 2G and 3G systems, including Global system for mobile communications  (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System  (UMTS) in the 3GPP family as well as CDMA2000 in the 3GPP2 family.

The work by 3GPP to define a 4G candidate radio interface technology started in Release 9 with the study phase for LTE-Advanced. Being described as a 3.9G  (beyond 3G but pre-4G), the first release of LTE did not meet the requirements for 4G (also called IMT Advanced as defined by the International Telecommunication Union) such as peak data rates up to 1 Gb/s. The ITU has invited the submission of candidate Radio Interface Technologies (RITs) following their requirements in a circular letter, 3GPP Technical Report (TR) 36.913, “Requirements for Further Advancements for E-UTRA  (LTE-Advanced).”[4]These are based on ITU’s requirements for 4G and on operators own requirements for advanced LTE. Major technical considerations include the following:

  • Continual improvement to the LTE radio technology and architecture
  • Scenarios and performance requirements for working with legacy radio technologies
  • Backward compatibility of LTE-Advanced with LTE. An LTE terminal should be able to work in an LTE-Advanced network and vice versa. Any exceptions will be considered by 3GPP.
  • Consideration of recent World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) decisions regarding frequency bands to ensure that LTE-Advanced accommodates the geographically available spectrum for channels above 20 MHz. Also, specifications must recognize those parts of the world in which wideband channels are not available.
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