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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The LTE Opportunity: Connected Devices Meet LTE

A new generation of mobile broadband has arrived, and its name is LTE. Differences of opinion remain regarding whether the three main cellular technologies now rolling out in the marketplace—HSPA+, WiMAX, and LTE—can technically be called “4G,” and even what 4G actually means.1 But one thing is clear: A critical mass has been reached, and the next evolution of high-speed mobile broadband technologies is no longer “on the horizon.” It’s happening right now. And LTE has emerged as the long term leader in mobile broadband network evolution.

The list of stakeholders that will be affected by this technology evolution includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), application developers, engineering system designers and integrators, and many others. Technologies that will take advantage of LTE networks include smartphones and mobile computing devices, as well as a growing array of communication- enabled utility meters, health meters, consumer appliances, vehicles, and many other connected devices. However, some significant challenges must be overcome to realize the full potential of LTE networks and devices.

The most important requirement will be accounting for the diverse LTE technologies and varying stages of deployment in different regions around the world. It will not be enough to simply build an effective LTE solution. Operating in a world with pockets of LTE access separated by large areas of 3G coverage will require practical multi-mode/multi frequency solutions. Developing LTE-capable products for global distribution will also require support for an even larger number of radios and frequencies—further increasing the complexity and costs of development. Just as OEMs must grapple with these complexities, it is important for product and application developers to understand them as well, so they can assess their communications requirements appropriately and assure their products meet target customers’ needs and budgets.

This paper examines the unique requirements of LTE devices in today’s dynamic marketplace. It discusses the forces driving growth in LTE technology, and the business considerations associated with building LTE-enabled devices and applications. READ THE PAPER FOR FURTHER INSIGHTS; 

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