& cplSiteName &

LTE-Advanced Pro: Creeping Into Networks Near You

Simon Sherrington
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Simon Sherrington
3/13/2017
50%
50%

While the 3GPP has designated all things from Releases 13 and 14 of its standards as Long Term Evolution-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro), the term does not seem to have excited industry marketeers. It is not as catchy as LTE-A, it is not as advanced as 5G and it is not easy to understand conceptually, as the features covered by Release 13 and (soon) Release 14 cover a variety of types of service and technology improvements.

Industry players are more interested in pushing their Gigabit LTE (which, make no mistake, is a big advance for the industry) or promoting their "nearly 5G" and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Where new network features are being introduced (for instance, 64 QAM in the uplink or License Assisted Access, LAA) these are either bundled up in operator and vendor announcements about next-generation network improvements or discussed in their own right without reference to LTE-A Pro.

But this does not mean nothing is happening. On the contrary, vendors and operators have been involved in dozens of field and commercial trials of technologies that will have a big impact on service delivery, such as LAA, aggregation of more than five carriers, new modulation techniques, improved beamforming and multiple input multiple output (MIMO) techniques and new IoT networks. Some commercial services have also begun to appear. The IoT standards enshrined in Release 13 (NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M1) are now both being deployed in live networks; a handful are now operational and many more are on the way. Selected operators have begun to introduce the technologies to enable advanced mobile broadband. The current state of the art is around 1Gbit/s downstream, but this will improve further as new end-user devices become available with the capability to cope with higher download and upload speeds.

2017 will be the year of LTE-A Pro. We expect many live network deployments of both IoT and advanced broadband technologies this year as vendors race to migrate their operator customers toward 5G and as operators both strive to stay one step ahead of their rivals in terms of the headline speeds they can promise to customers and strive to open up new enterprise and public sector market opportunities.

Heavy Reading's latest report, "LTE-Advanced Pro: Deployment Progress," reviews the state of LTE-A Pro technology development and deployment. It highlights the key networking features encapsulated by LTE-A Pro, and shows how far vendors and operators have got in terms of developing, trialing and, in some cases, deploying the technologies. It also profiles leading vendors, showing how far along they are with implementing Release 13 standard features in their technologies.

— Simon Sherrington, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
The UK quad-play provider's Colin Whitbread gets closer to the edge, using automation and more.
A major re-architecting of the network will be needed to deliver future services, as we'll discuss during the upcoming BCE 2018.
Cable is moving into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, specifically homing in on home automation, using its advantage of existing connectivity and customers.
Communications service providers that are specialists in software-defined wide-area networking believe they're doing a good job on SD-WAN security but need to consider some enhancements to continue doing so.
Telefónica's 'fourth platform' uses artificial intelligence to analyze data from underlying platforms in order to better serve customers.
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
I'm Back for the Future of Communications
Phil Harvey, US News Editor, 4/20/2018
BDAC Blowback – Ex-Chair Arrested
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/17/2018
Verizon: Lack of Interoperability, Consistency Slows Automation
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/18/2018
AT&T Exec Dishes That He's Not So Hot on Rival-Partner Comcast
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/19/2018
Facebook Hearings Were the TIP of the Data Iceberg
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/20/2018
Animals with Phones
I Heard There Was a Dresscode... Click Here
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed