This blog is by Harri Holma of the Nokia Siemens Networks Radio research team in Finland.
During the past three years, LTE networks based on 3GPP Releases 8 and 9 have been launched all over the world. And in advanced markets such as South Korea, operators are preparing for the evolution to LTE-Advanced, which is based on 3GPP Release 10. However, we as an industry are still quite at the beginning of this exciting journey called “Long Term Evolution”.
During 2012, the standardization teams working on the 3GPP project have laid the foundation for the next steps in the evolution of LTE, namely the essential concepts to be introduced from 3GPP Release 12 onwards.
In our latest whitepaper, we discuss these new concepts from the four angles of Capacity, Coverage, Coordination (of cells) and Cost. These “four C’s” are and will remain the essential challenges for operators running mobile broadband networks.
The white paper summarizes how enhancements of small and macro cells will go hand-in-hand with the introduction of a new carrier type and the optimization for machine-to-machine communications.
Nokia Siemens Networks is a main contributor to the work of standards bodies and other research projects that are driving LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies. Using this insight, our new white paper gives a concise description of the many features that Release 12 introduces and is well worth reading to gain an understanding of how networks will be pushed to extreme performance in the coming years.