LTE Advanced

LTE Advanced - Evolving and expanding into new frontiers

May 14, 2018


Did you know?

There are over 110 commercial network launches of LTE Advanced in over 55 countries*.

* Source: GSA ( – Jan 2016

Achieving gigabit class LTE.

LTE Advanced has introduced several new advanced techniques that are driving LTE towards unprecedented data rates and taking the user experience to the next level.

Carrier Aggregation

LTE Advanced can aggregate up to five carriers, or LTE data streams, to increase the bandwidth up to 100 MHz—a fatter pipe for faster data rates and a better user experience.

LTE Unlicensed

Aggregates LTE data streams in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum to better utilize unlicensed spectrum.

Higher-order MIMO

Sends spatially separated data streams via multiple antennas simultaneously with support up to 8x8 MIMO.

256-QAM Modulation

Increases bits-per-symbol to increase the amount of data per LTE stream by ~33%.

Enhancing HetNets for efficiently increasing capacity.

Much more than just faster peak rates, LTE Advanced has also introduced numerous technology enablers for efficiently increasing capacity by enhancing Heterogeneous Networks.

FeICIC/IC / Enhanced Receivers

Advanced techniques to cancel interference that expand small cell coverage and improve user experience at cell edges.

Dual Connectivity

Ability to simultaneously connect to both a macro cell and non-collocated small cell to provide ubiquitous coverage and robust mobility.

Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP)

Leveraging fiber backhaul to coordinate scheduling and beamforming between cells to improve network performance/loading.

Also bringing new efficient ways to connect.

LTE Advanced is bringing new efficient ways to connect such as LTE Direct and LTE Broadcast that are opening up new use cases and business opportunities for LTE.

LTE Direct

Device-to-device proximal awareness—allowing devices to passively discover and interact with the world around them

LTE Broadcast

Efficient multicast distribution of the same content to many users—venue casting, live TV, software updates, and more

Continued LTE Advanced technical leadership.

We are the first in the mobile industry to announce a Cat 16 solution, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 LTE Modem, which supports carrier aggregation with peak data rates of up to 1 Gbps downlink and up to 150 Mbps uplink. It also supports LTE-U, 4x4 MIMO and 256-QAM modulation.

The evolution continues…

LTE Advanced includes 3GPP Rel. 10/11/12, and Qualcomm is already at work on the next big thing. We are taking LTE connectivity even further with LTE Advanced Pro (Rel. 13 and beyond) and leading the way to 5G to create a unified, more capable platform for the next decade and beyond.