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LTE Providers Look to Testing to Verify Planned Networks
Although only about 500,000 people currently subscribe to LTE, the demand for what the technology promises is enormous so much so that some estimate LTE will have more than 300 million users by 2015.

With the massive increase in mobile data traffic, and as networks continue to converge toward an all-IP infrastructure, many operators are looking to LTE as their 4G network technology. Some service providers have jumped on the LTE bandwagon quickly, promising LTE service in several North American cities by early 2011. Others are running field trials to determine the viability of LTE, as they grapple with decreasing the costs associated with delivering high-value multimedia services and applications to their bandwidth-hungry customers.

But the fact that service providers are drawn to the potential of LTE does not mean that transitioning their networks will be fast, simple or cheap. In truth, the move to LTE likely will be neither of the three.

As such, service providers must immediately address the business challenges of LTE upgrades, particularly in terms of meeting cost, profitability goals and time to market. Doing so requires testing of LTE networks now before deployments are made. As history has shown, wireless networks will only succeed to the extent that customers are happy with the quality of experience (QoE) they receive, especially for the data services that LTE will support.

Testing is the key to addressing numerous challenges that LTE network operators face. Moving from a 2G or 3G environment, operators must understand the specific network parameters that impact their network and services. In the all-IP LTE environment, network behavior is less understood and requires new tools and techniques optimized for an IP environment.

Without question, when it comes to LTE, operators will need to adopt a strategy that takes into account the necessary flexibility and breadth of technologies required to profitably manage, optimize, and troubleshoot their networks and services. LTE Providers Look to Testing to Verify Planned Networks discusses the need for LTE testing, including the benefits testing can provide and challenges the market faces. It also profiles 11 leading vendors.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (4gltei0211_toc.pdf)
As the mobile industry attempts ramps up LTE deployments, it is unlikely the technology will become mainstream before 2012. Nevertheless, providers are preparing now for the move, especially as they wrestle with strains on their current 2G and 3G networks from data-hungry customers. The following excerpt is an example of an LTE testing and monitoring solution.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A); Anritsu Corp.; AT4 Wireless Inc.; Azimuth Systems Inc.; EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering (Nasdaq: EXFO); Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA); JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq: JDSU); Mu Dynamics Inc.; Signalion GmbH; Spirent Communications plc (NYSE: SPM); and Tektronix Inc. (NYSE: TEK).
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