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Deployment of LTE carrier aggregation to go up in six months: Qualcomm

Hong Kong: Qualcomm said that the global telecom industry will see an increased deployment of LTE carrier aggregation technology in the coming sixth months, as telecom service providers look to increase network capacity and enhance user experience.

Carrier aggregation is a part of the LTE standard that enables telecom operators to increase network capacity by stitching together non-contiguous channels scattered around the radio spectrum. By developing an unlicensed version of LTE, the telecom industry has added hundreds of megahertz of spectrum in the 5-GHz band to its pool of available spectrum.

Globally, around 131 telecom operators are investing in carrier aggregation technologies. The industry has so far seen 88 commercial launches in 60 countries. More telcos globally now plans to deploy an unlicensed version of LTE in spectrum already used by Wi-Fi networks.

“We will see significant upgrade in next 6 months,” Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies said during his keynote at the company’s event in Hong Kong.

“The technology enhances user experience significantly. The usage of cloud and video services will also go up drastically due to high carrier aggregation (CA) downlink,” Amon said.

Qualcomm has integrated its newly upgraded X12 LTE modem into its upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, providing 4G LTE and Wi-Fi technologies for premium tier mobile devices.

The new Snapdragon 820 is the first publicly announced processor for use in mobile devices to support LTE Category 12 in the downlink and Category 13 in the uplink, providing up to 33 percent and 200 percent improvement over its predecessor’s download and upload speeds, respectively.

The Snapdragon 820 processor features advanced convergence technologies between LTE and Wi-Fi, and between licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

Source: ETTelecom

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