LTE is the fourth-generation technology with a great improvement on spectrum efficiency, higher user data rate, low latency, cost reduction, system capacity and coverage.
LTE is able to reach 300 Mbps of downlink data rate in category 6, which is even better than the fixed-line VDSL2 17a data rates. The LTE technology has a high-speed capacity to support much more new applications than low-speed 3G technology, which is incapable of supporting new developments such as high-definition video streaming, high-quality online gaming, public safety (like IP surveillance), cloud computing and more. In addition, the LTE technology has excellent mobility that supports more applications than VDSL2 and GPON technologies such as PTT (Push-to-Talk) communications, supplementary VoIP capacity and M2M communications.
In addition, LTE can deliver video, voice and data at superior broadband data rates to next-generation mobile devices to enable anytime, anywhere, always-on high-speed Internet access. Moreover, it will continue to provide Internet access services to mobile users in a car or on a train travelling at over 300km per hour. The upcoming LTE-capable devices will empower development of more mobile applications, such as smart phones, smart tablets, laptops, automotive telematics, M2M gateways, IP cameras, home routers and portable LTE routers. The figure below shows the latest LTE devices and their application scenarios.
New Opportunity: service providers can develop new business models and explore new mobile applications adapting LTE technology to offer great opportunities for mobile operators.