Qualcomm Technologies ushered in the LTE Advanced era with its industry-first Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ LTE modems supporting carrier aggregation. And since then, we have continued to lead the evolution of LTE Advanced with new innovations that deliver a faster, better mobile broadband experience, as well as solutions to efficiently meet the explosion in mobile data traffic. Beyond LTE Advanced, Qualcomm is taking LTE connectivity to new heights with LTE Advanced Pro.
LTE Advanced - Evolving and expanding into new frontiers
* Source: GSA (www.gsacom.com) – Jan 2016
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.
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.
Aggregates LTE data streams in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum to better utilize unlicensed spectrum.
Sends spatially separated data streams via multiple antennas simultaneously with support up to 8x8 MIMO.
Increases bits-per-symbol to increase the amount of data per LTE stream by ~33%.
Much more than just faster peak rates, LTE Advanced has also introduced numerous technology enablers for efficiently increasing capacity by enhancing Heterogeneous Networks.
Advanced techniques to cancel interference that expand small cell coverage and improve user experience at cell edges.
Ability to simultaneously connect to both a macro cell and non-collocated small cell to provide ubiquitous coverage and robust mobility.
Leveraging fiber backhaul to coordinate scheduling and beamforming between cells to improve network performance/loading.
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.
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.
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.