Evolving LTE to 4.9G – Challenges Facing Service Providers

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Implementing new capabilities of 4G LTE helps meet customer demands today. Addressing 4.9G implementation challenges now means you’re a step function closer to 5G.

Two major factors drive the development of telecommunications networks: the insatiable demand for download speed and the desire to connect everything, everywhere, all the time.

According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, monthly data traffic demand per mobile device growth will triple from 17.3 GB today to 56 GB in 2023. This dramatic increase has been trending steadily since 2011 and is driving a 34% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) increase in per-subscriber traffic by smartphone users – and about half as much for tablet and mobile PC users. The cellular network is becoming the central platform for connecting everything to everyone. The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are helping drive this trend. Gartner predicts nearly 21 billion connected IoT devices by 2020.

The evolving capabilities of 4G LTE-Advanced Pro (dubbed 4.9G) can help meet subscribers’ demand for data and fulfill their desire to connect everything. Incremental improvements to your existing 4G network can be a testing ground for technologies, applications, use cases, and business models in preparation for widespread deployment of all new 5G networks, without the outsize early adopter infrastructure investment. 

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