One distinct advantage that 4G LTE delivered fixed broadband has over traditional wireline broadband is the added portability features it enables. Customers can, in effect, take their broadband with them, using USB modems and MiFi type devices. It creates a WiFi type experience outside the home, giving customers a better broadband experience.
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Increasing complexity is leaving mobile network operators more vulnerable to new types of data networking outages, according to a report from Heavy Reading, Mobile Network Outages & Service Degradations: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis. This complexity is one of the core reasons the NetAmerica Alliance was formed - to help our Members mitigate the risk of building and operating complex 4G LTE networks.
"The history of the world is dotted with only a handful of transformational moments. We happen to be living through one of them right now. We are building history's fourth great network-driven transformation...the result of inexorable increase in computing power expressed in Moore's Law and the unprecedented connectivity of wireless communications. Together, they create the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet...government initiatives [have] always led the path to new communications...now is the time to continue that leadership legacy." – FCC Commissioner, Tom Wheeler.
LTE connections in North America have grown to reach 78.9 million subscriptions in 3Q 2013 as wireless network providers' LTE deployments pick up steam, according to market data from Informa Telecoms & Media Research. That's 21% of the total 378 million wireless subscriptions in the region, meaning LTE is quickly approaching one quarter of all wireless subscriptions – a feat that has been accomplished in just a few years. Additionally, North America accounts for 50% of the 157.7 million LTE connections worldwide as of end September 2013.
Considerable research and development is taking place with 4G LTE, leading to announcements like this. Leveraging 4G LTE-Advanced technology, Japanese carrier NTT Docomo says it recently achieved the world's first wireless transmission exceeding 1.2 Gbps in a field test using a single-size antenna incorporating a new transmission technology, Smart Vertical MIMO.
Tablets drive huge amounts of broadband consumption and have contributed significantly to the demand for faster broadband speeds. Tablets have both fixed and mobile applications and continue to have important implications for 4G LTE.
At the NetAmerica Alliance, we think it’s important to highlight the growing LTE ecosystem and its implications. A healthy ecosystem contributes to the success of all involved, including NetAmerica and its members. As a recent report from GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association) reports, the LTE ecosystem continues developing quickly. Key highlights include the growing number of LTE devices and surging momentum for LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) features.
NetAmerica Alliance members know firsthand about smartphone and other device availability challenges. Those issues will eventually get resolved, hopefully sooner rather than later, because smartphone momentum continues at a torrid pace, according to some recent research from Ericsson.
The dramatic rise in smartphone and tablet adoption, fueled in part by 4G LTE and other broadband connectivity, is altering the entire consumer electronics marketplace. The combined market for smartphones and tablets will reach unprecedented heights this year, as combined smartphone and tablet factory revenue will exceed that for the entire consumer electronics (CE) market, according to a new report from IHS.
Sometimes it's important to understand how customers are using the broadband we deliver to their homes. The Pew Internet & American Life Project http://www.pewinternet.org/ is a great resource for this – they publish a wealth of market research on consumer behavior and broadband. Their most recent data takes a look at tablets and e-readers.
Research and innovation with broadband technologies can be amazing at times. The insatiable appetite by end consumers for broadband connectivity is leading to breakthrough technologies like described here. Researchers in China claim they have developed a "Li-Fi" (light fidelity) LED bulb with data transfer speeds of up to 150 Mbps capable of supporting four computer Internet connections for less than the cost of other broadband options.
While the most fixed wireless via 4G LTE is happening in the U.S., much of it because of NetAmerica Alliance Members, it is not a U.S. only development. The U.K.'s largest wireless network operator, EE, is moving forward with plans to roll out a nationwide 4G broadband fixed wireless network. EE, which was formed as a result of the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, is targeting rural markets with this new offer, hoping to get broadband out further and faster than other options.
Established this past July, the IEEE's 802.11HEW (High-Efficiency WLAN) study group (SG) aims to enhance the PHY (Physical) and MAC (Media Access Control) layers of 802.11's 2.4GHz and 5 GHz spectrum "with a focus on improving real-world, rather than theoretical, spectrum efficiency and area throughput," according to a FierceWirelessTech report.
Enhanced spectral efficiency, higher peak rate, lower latency and the opportunity to build a more efficient mobile packet network were the top 4 reasons for upgrading wireless networks to 4G LTE, according to excerpts from Infonetics Research's, “2013 LTE Strategies and Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey.”
The latest data from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) confirms that the pace of 4G LTE rollouts and service launches is increasing amid growing device usage.
Subscribers expectations for apps and services have been rising along with those for wireless network reliability and overall performance, with blame most often placed on wireless service providers when they fall short, according to new market research from Vasona Networks.
4G LTE is up and running commercially on 200 networks in 78 countries worldwide, and that number will increase to 250 by the end of 2013, according to wireless industry association 4G Americas, which recently publicly released a list of all 200.