This blog is by Milla Seppälä from the Networks business of Nokia.
Gartner forecasts “that the worldwide market for end-to-end LTE network infrastructure will grow from $16.7 billion in 2014 to $38.2 billion in 2018, to account for 80% of spending on mobile network infrastructure.”
It’s an astonishing figure, but that’s not all. Gartner expects “LTE to show a CAGR of 23% over this period, and that it will remain the fastest-growing segment, not just of the mobile network infrastructure market, but also of the overall operator network infrastructure market as well”.
What will it take to serve this market successfully given that LTE networks need to be implemented on an unprecedented scale?
According to Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant analysis, it again recognizes Nokia as one of the leaders in LTE. Nokia’s placement (previously known as NSN) on the Magic Quadrant shows that our “ability to execute” is positioned as one of the highest for the third year in a row. The Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors of end-to-end LTE infrastructure for operators.
We feel some of the attributes contributing to this position are product and services offering, market responsiveness, business models, innovation and geographic strategy. In a rapidly maturing market, we believe we are well placed to help operators realize their LTE networks quickly and efficiently, with the advanced solutions needed to succeed and the vision to continue innovating for the future.
Korea has over 99% LTE coverage and Nokia is proud to have the largest geographical LTE footprint in the country – and we’re gaining solid traction in other mature markets including Japan and North America. Check out this video to learn more about how our LTE networks are helping to provide a seamless user experience to subscribers of all those Korean operators who have commercially launched LTE-Advanced.
Smart scheduling for faster downloads
The foundation of excellent LTE network performance in the real world is smart scheduling. Nokia’s Smart Scheduler assigns blocks of spectrum to users every millisecond according to their required Quality of Service and the demands of the application in use, substantially improving cell capacity. The latest enhancement to Nokia Smart Scheduler software is a coordinated scheduling feature for FDD-LTE and TD-LTE networks. The capability reduces interference between adjacent base stations to provide up to 30% faster downlink speeds at the cell edge, an advantage during periods of peak congestion. Importantly, coordinated scheduling is implemented as software within the base stations, avoiding the need for additional hardware.
Making full use of network capacity
The ability to move subscribers onto the LTE network layer is also critical. Two new capabilities in Nokia’s Liquid Radio Software Suites tackle this by enabling fast and robust redirection and handover of LTE-capable smartphones onto LTE, freeing up WCDMA capacity, so subscribers always get the fastest speed and best application performance. The first feature is Measurement-based Smart LTE layering, which ensures LTE capacity is available before devices are redirected, even when LTE and WCDMA sites are not co-located. The second enhancement is Smart LTE Handover which enables smooth handover from WCDMA to LTE without subscribers noticing, even while using real-time services.
It’s no secret that we’ve been targeting our R&D investments to position ourselves as the world’s mobile broadband specialist and this has been instrumental to Nokia being a partner of choice for LTE, LTE-Advanced and TD-LTE. We believe our position in the Magic Quadrant underscores our sustained progress, and here are our LTE references to prove it. Nokia is currently LTE/TD-LTE radio supplier to 8 out of the 10 largest operators by LTE subscriber count.
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