MWC 2011: Where's the LTE?

6:50 AM -- BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2011 -- I'll be honest, I came to Spain this year expecting to see at least one earth-shattering Long Term Evolution (LTE) device or infrastructure development at the show.

So far, it's looking like I might leave the annual 3G GSM jamboree disappointed.

Don't get me wrong -- there's lots of little bits of interesting LTE news here to chew on, from Mavenir Systems Inc. systems hooking up with MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS) to work on voice-over-LTE, and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) talking about 1 Gbit/s over LTE-advanced.

But there's nothing yet -- to me at least -- this week that really seems to put the LTE ecosystem as it stands now into a new perspective, no single device or base station that knocks everyone out.

There's still time for this to change: We've got nearly two full days of announcements and unveilings ahead of us before everyone starts to head home on Thursday.

Nonetheless, my sense is that a slightly scatter-shot news week for LTE and 4G might reflect the state of the industry quite well. We're in a holding phase -- many of the big deployments have started already and many of the vendors in the industry are waiting for the second wave of the global LTE rollout.

For some in 2011 this will mean small cells at the edge to improve speed and capacity. In 2012, larger operators will follow up with voice-over-LTE. Beyond that, we'll get into LTE-advanced and wired data-like speeds over the air.

All these amorphous trends are represented here at the show, but nothing has been pulled sharply into focus ... yet.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

[email protected] 12/5/2012 | 5:12:30 PM
re: MWC 2011: Where's the LTE?

LTE is not 1Gbs rate. LTE is radioaccess technology, and only combined with ePC it will give the difference in service provision and enabling this can change the business model.

So the question is where's the ePC? 

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