LTE: The preferred 4G solution for wireless operators

Wireless operators deploying 4G wireless broadband can choose between LTE and WiMAX, yet LTE is gaining in carrier adoption. This Expert Lesson looks at the technologies, the advanced services and revenue potential and backhaul needs.

Telecom operators deploying 4G wireless broadband are choosing between two technologies that have come to the forefront: Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX. Because LTE was developed to provide a direct evolution from 3G to 4G technology, most service providers are finding it's the best use of their capital investment funds to upgrade their existing networks. Technically not that different, WiMAX has its own advantages, so the choice also depends on the operator's customers, geography and existing wireless infrastructure.

This Expert Lesson dives deep into why LTE is the preferred 4G solution for many mobile operators, what types of business and consumer services will drive increased revenue, and how service providers should prepare their metro infrastructure to backhaul 4G LTE voice and data.

Telecom industry expert Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp., looks at the following LTE business and technology issues in this holistic guide:

    4G evolution: LTE gains mobile operator backing
Of the two 4G wireless broadband network technologies, many mobile operators are leaning toward LTE as an evolution from 3G that makes financial and operational sense.

    The 4G LTE wireless broadband transition: Examining service advantages
In the transition to 4G, mobile operators need to analyze the business opportunities and customer drivers of a 4G LTE network adoption before making the move from 3G.

    Preparing metro infrastructure for optimum 4G LTE backhaul
Wireless operators need to optimize metro network backhaul to handle 4G LTE voice and data traffic efficiently to make the most of the technology's capabilities.

This was last published in August 2009

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