The 1000x data challenge.
Mobile data traffic is exploding and industry is preparing for a 1000x increase. Qualcomm is providing the vision and developing solutions to meet this “1000x challenge.”
Leading the charge.
Globally, mobile traffic is exploding. And now the industry is preparing for an astounding 1000x increase. Qualcomm is leading the charge through its compelling technologies, path breaking innovations, and market leading products in preparing the industry to meet this “1000x challenge.”
The solution to this formidable challenge is a combination of increasing the efficiency of existing assets, employing more resources in the form of small cells and spectrum, as well as adopting radically different ways of acquiring, deploying, operating and managing these resources.
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More small cells – taking Hetnets to a new level.
Extreme densification of small cells is the key to addressing 1000x challenge. We need to evolve small cells in all directions: all forms – micro, pico, femto, metro, relays etc.; all technologies—3G,4G,Wi-Fi , all integrated; deployments by operators as well as users. The densification begins with the existing spectrum and techniques that are available today, for example, optimizations such as
“Range Expansion” are possible today with HSPA+ and in the future with LTE Advanced networks. Many more enhancements and new deployment models that are needed to reach the 1000x goal are being worked, on as part of standards and product solutions.
Qualcomm has already demonstrated the benefits HSPA+ and LTE Advanced “Range Expansion” at major global events.
Learn more about future of HetNets at our Small cells page
Evolution to low-cost, ad-hoc small cell deployment.
Extremely dense deployments of small cells warrant a new low-cost, ad-hoc, and viral approach. An approach that doesn’t require traditional RF planning or optimization and that can better leverage existing premises and backhaul. These small cells have to be plug-and-play with self-organizing (SON) capabilities, deployed indoors and outdoors. They can even be user installed, but are always managed by operators, and coordinate with the macros and other small cells. Neighborhood Small Cells (NSC) is a special case of such approach with user installed indoor small cells, that leverage existing consumer-grade backhaul, and that also serve outdoor traffic. Our studies show that such a deployment could provide 1000x increase in capacity with mere ~20% household penetration and 10x more spectrum.
We successfully completed a joint trial with Sprint and NASCAR stress testing the concept of ad-hoc deployed Hyper-dense small cells at the International Raceway in Phoenix, AZ.
Learn more about ad-hoc deployments at our Small cells page
More spectrum – licensed, unlicensed and ASA.
Additional spectrum is a key to support the mobile broadband growth. Licensed spectrum remains the main focus, but the unlicensed spectrum needs to better utilized as well. For licensed spectrum, there are efforts to employ higher bands (in addition to lower), such as 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz. Higher bands are suited for small cell because of their smaller coverage.
Qualcomm is proposing many innovations to better utilize existing and to access new spectrum. Two specific examples are Authorized Shared Access (ASA) and LTE-U. ASA is an innovative way to avail underutilized licensed spectrum. It provides a regulatory frame work for operators to collaborate with incumbent spectrum holders (e.g. defense dept.) to get exclusive access to latter's spectrum on a shared basis. The sharing can be in terms of geography, frequency, or time. Extending higher performance and reliability of LTE Advanced to licensed spectrum allows operators to augment capacity with a unified network and to provide enhanced broadband experience to users.
Learn more at our spectrum page
More efficient network, applications and services.
Today’s mobile networks and devices being innately complex, it is ever important to make sure they are not only operating at their peak performance point, but also work intelligently with the other constituent to offer the best possible overall network performance and an outstanding user experience. Evolving 3G/4G/Wi-Fi networks, enabling intelligent Hetnets, making devices select the best mode of access among myriad of options possible—3G/4G, LTE in unlicensed spectrum, Wi-Fi, small/macrocells etc., are some of such enhancements that dramatically increase overall efficiency and user experience. Also in the works are enhancements that make apps/services much more efficient.
Enhancements such as LTE Broadcast, and LTE Direct can bring substantial gains for specific application and services.
Learn more at our higher efficiency page