As more users use more bandwidth, vendors and operators should utilize LTE-A testing to ensure effective mobile networks, says Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider.

January 26, 2015

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NEW YORK -- Vendors and operators are turning to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) testing to ensure that their mobile networks are working as efficiently as possible, giving users the best experience available, as well as cutting costs, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider, a paid research service of Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).

LTE-A Deployments Spur Need for New Test Solutions examines the LTE-A testing market, analyzing how LTE-A is being used, as well as areas of growth expected in the market over the next two years. It discusses drivers and challenges in the industry and includes a comparative analysis of solutions available. Finally, it examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that are likely to occur in the industry over the next 18-24 months.

For a list of companies included in this report, please visit http://img.lightreading.com/heavyreading/4GLTE/4gltei0115_companies.pdf.

"As mobile carriers address seemingly insurmountable demands for data on their networks, those networks become increasingly heterogeneous," notes Denise Culver, research analyst with Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider and author of the report. "The way vendors and operators ensure the networks function in order to meet customer expectations for speed and quality is by testing of pre-launch and post-deployment in ways that address the particularities of both LTE-A and the legacy networks with it coexists."

There's no question that LTE-A offers significant promise, especially as mobile demand continues to skyrocket, Culver says. "Everyone wants data across these devices to speed along as quickly as possible, and, of course, they want it for as cheaply as possible," she continues. "The key for that to happen is for operators to test their LTE-A networks to ensure that optimization of network resources is occurring."

Key findings of LTE-A Deployments Spur Need for New Test Solutions include:

  • Carrier aggregation and the ability to create heterogeneous networks are two of the greatest benefits of LTE-A.

    • The binding together of separate frequency bands will be a significant driver for LTE-A testing.

    • It's vital for operators to make better use of radio base stations and cells to provide broader, faster coverage to their LTE-A customers.

    • Carriers are reducing costs, the effect of which ripples through to all stakeholders in an operation, including test equipment suppliers.

    • The main growth driver in LTE-A testing will be the ability to communicate with mobile broadband through services like video streaming, video conferencing and HD audio.

      LTE-A Deployments Spur Need for New Test Solutions is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (6 issues per year) to Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider, priced at $1,499. Individual reports are available for $595 (single-user license).

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