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Evolved HSPA & the Roadmap to LTE
State-of-the-art commercial 3G networks will provide a platform for innovation and growth in mobile applications and services for at least the next five years. But looking at the medium-to-longer term, there's every chance that advanced 3G technology could be a victim of its own success. As the number of users increases, systems will reach their capacity limits.

In response, operators will need a far lower cost per bit enabled by a new generation of technology, based on orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), smart antennas, and, crucially, more spectrum. As the leading candidate technology for next-generation mobile networks, 3GPP Long-Term Evolution (LTE) will be critical to life beyond 3G.

This report examines the roadmap for LTE deployment and investigates how that lays the groundwork for the introduction of 4G technologies, based on IMT-Advanced criteria, a decade from now. Included is an analysis of the interim role of Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA).

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni1007_toc.pdf)
The upcoming World Radio Congress 2007 is tasked with identifying the additional 1 GHz of mobile spectrum the ITU estimates will be needed to meet mobile service requirements through 2020. The chart below identifies the candidate frequency bands that may be granted primary or co-primary status for mobile use:
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The advantages and disadvantages of the candidate bands on the agenda at WRC-07 are summarized in the table below. Note that the idea is not to secure spectrum for LTE specifically, but to identify generic mobile spectrum.
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Companies covered in this report include: Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); Nokia Siemens Networks B.V.; Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE: NT); NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM); T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT); Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ); and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD).
Total pages: 22
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