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The 1000x Data Challenge

Mobile data traffic is exploding. The industry is preparing for an astounding 1000x increase and Qualcomm is leading the charge. The solution is a combination of increasing the efficiency of existing assets, employing more resources such as spectrum small cells, macros and hotspots, as well as adopting radically different ways of acquiring, deploying, operating and managing these resources.


  • Wireless industry is hard at work to identify and allocate more spectrum and newer bands, in both licensed (for 3G and 4G) and unlicensed (dedicated to Wi-Fi) regimes. Higher bands are suited for small cell deployments because of their smaller coverage, allowing extreme densification.
  • Additionally, Qualcomm, along with its partners is proposing an innovative and complementary way to avail underutilized licensed spectrum, called Authorized Shared Access (ASA). The sharing can be in terms of geography, frequency, or time.

Small Cells

  • To reach 1000x capacity, we need much more small cells, everywhere, in all different forms, including: user installed small cells, operator installed picos, metros, relays, remote radio heads, distributed antenna systems, etc.
  • It is important to make sure devices are not only operating at their peak performance point, but also working intelligently to offer the best possible overall network performance and an outstanding user experience.
  • Hetnets are already a commercial reality. Improvements such as “range expansion” are possible today with HSPA+ as well as a major advantage of future LTE Advanced networks. But, to meet the 1000x challenge, Hetnets have to be evolved in all directions.


  • The increase in overall efficiency can be achieved on three fronts:
    • Improving the efficiency of the apps and services through better compression, caching, and more
    • Increasing efficiency of the data pipe through 3G/4G/Wi-Fi Evolution, etc.
    • Making the data pipe smarter, such as, selecting the most optimal radio link, based on the type of data and apps it is carrying.
  • Qualcomm is leading the voice evolution on all the fronts—Spearheading VoLTE and VoIP over HSPA+ / EV-DO as well as developing and commercializing the next generation of circuit switched voice technologies— WCDMA+ and 1X Advanced.
  • Given that more than 2 billion HSPA/HSPA+ subscribers will be using WCDMA for voice in 2015, any improvement in the efficiency of WCDMA will help immensely in freeing up resources for HSPA+ data services. WCDMA+, the natural next step, triples voice efficiency and frees-up up to 2/3rd of a carrier for HSPA+ data.

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