- Language: English
- 92 Pages
- Published: January 2012
LTE Strategies - Mobile Broadband Full Steam Ahead
- Published: November 2012
The LTE technology has now been adopted in all geographical areas and is experiencing a rapid growth. LTE Advanced, the “real 4G”, will be launched in 2013.
This report provides an overview of the latest trends in the fast growing LTE market and the reasons driving MNOs' migration to LTE. It also analyses operators' roll-out strategies, LTE networks, technical hurdles, the regulatory environment and LTE spectrum issues, in addition to spotlighting the key players' different strategies and what will change with LTE.
- With more than 26 million LTE subscriptions at mid-2012, the LTE ecosystem is growing fast. How fast do MNOs implement LTE?
- TD-LTE is now available commercially in 10 countries. How is the TD-LTE ecosystem developing?
- LTE Advanced will arrive sooner than expected - what impact will this have on MNOs' strategies?
- More than 14 frequency bands are already in use for LTE around the World. What are the consequences for devices and international roaming?
- VoLTE has been launched in August 2012 by three operators. What is the current status of VoLTE?
- How are LTE services priced?
- Which services are pushed by LTE operators?
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1. Executive Summary
3. Lessons from commercial LTE services
3.1. LTE status
3.2. Lessons from the first LTE commercial deployments
3.2.1. LTE theoretical and average data rates
3.2.2. LTE ARPUs
3.2.3. A very rapid take-off in South Korea
3.2.5. Swapping Mobile WiMAX with LTE: Yota in Russia
3.2.6. LTE as a substitute to fixed networks
4. Network strategies & technical hurdles
4.1. LTE-Advanced coming soon
4.1.1. LTE-Advanced front runners
4.1.2. Equipment providers
4.1.3. LTE-Advanced technical characteristics: the “real 4G”
4.1.4. Carrier aggregation
4.2. LTE-FDD and TD-LTE: real complements?
4.2.1. Technology aspects: towards more complementarity between LTE-FDD and TD-LTE
4.2.2. Already 10 TD-LTE commercial networks
4.2.3. WiMAX to TD-LTE migration
4.2.4. TD-LTE develops in parallel with FD-LTE
4.3. Small cells in LTE networks
5. Spectrum constraints
5.1. LTE spectrum allocation
5.1.1. LTE spectrum today
5.1.2. LTE spectrum fragmentation and the importance of band plans
5.2. Second Digital Dividend and future LTE bands
5.2.1. 700 MHz band
5.2.2. Future LTE bands/New MBB spectrum: which frequency bands?
5.3. Spectrum refarming: the importance of the 1800 MHz band
5.4. LTE in satellite frequency bands
6. MNOs investments in LTE
6.1. LTE investments by major players
6.1.1. Related-LTE CapEx increase to offset 2G/3G CapEx decline
6.2. Network sharing and outsourcing
6.2.1. Network sharing
6.2.2. Network outsourcing
6.3. Higher capillarity and density access networks with small cells and femtocells
6.3.1. Small cells are seen as the inevitable complementary network infrastructures to macro-cells to meet the mobile broadband capacity crunch
6.3.2. Network equipment provider pushes small cells
6.3.3. Femtocells definitely a critical part of LTE network deployments
6.3.4. Multi-RAN adoption
6.4. LTE is driving need to upgrade backhaul
6.5. LTE costs
6.5.1. LTE for costs savings
6.5.2. LTE: lowering the cost of capacity
6.5.3. LTE unit cost per MB is declining over years
7. Service strategies
7.1. LTE pricing
7.1.1. Presentation of the first LTE price plans
7.1.2. Caps and speeds for LTE services/Comparison
7.2. Voice & SMS over LTE
7.2.1. Technological enablers
7.2.2. Deployment roadmap for VoLTE
7.2.3. Issues for VoLTE
7.3. New services on LTE networks
7.3.1. RCS (Rich Communications Suite)
7.3.2. Mobile cloud-based services
7.3.3. Video services
7.3.4. Emergency services
7.3.5. M2M services potential
7.4. Devices strategy - Review of LTE device availability
7.4.1. USB dongles and mobile hotspots
7.4.2. Mobile handsets: early developments
7.4.3. Tablets: LTE as differentiating advantage?
7.4.4. Other devices: a market still in its infancy
7.4.5. Fixed routers and / or gateways
7.4.7. Mobile gaming devices
8. Conclusions for MNOs
8.1. What do we learn from the main LTE networks?
8.2. MNOs strategic positioning
8.3. What can we expect in the coming years?
8.4. LTE market forecasts 2012-2017
8.4.1. Subscription forecasts
8.4.2. LTE revenue forecasts
- Bell Mobility
- Bharti Airtel
- China Mobile
- Clearwire (Mobile WiMAX)
- Dish Network
- E Plus
- HK CSL
- LG U+
- NetCom Norway
- Nokia Siemens Networks
- NTT DOCOMO
- Rogers Communications
- SK Telecom
- Sprint Nextel
- T-Mobile USA
- Verizon Wireless