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Feb 6, 2013

The Future of LTE: Infrastructure, Applications, and Subscribers 2013 – 2018

The deployment of LTE networks is progressing with the industrialized nations in North America, Europe and Asia already deploying operating LTE networks.

This report addresses key issues regarding LTE including operational support systems, architecture, and significant commercial features for consumers and enterprise users. This report provides the reader with critical vision into the future of LTE including the drive for lower priced capacity also driving lower margins for core services leading to the need for value-added services (VAS).

We evaluate these VAS applications supported by new advances in LTE with an emphasis on their market potential in terms of new revenue and enhanced profitability for the mobile network operators in the face of competition from over the top (OTT) players. We also provide vision into the future of LTE in terms of new business paradigms, business model evolution, devices and subscribers, opportunities and threats to the mobile network operators

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Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Fourth Generation (4G) Cellular via LTE
2.1 LTE Technology
2.4 LTE Advanced
2.5 LTE Infrastructure Elements and Architecture Overview
2.6 LTE E-UTRAN Infrastructure Elements and Network Architecture
2.6.1 LTE Remote Radio Heads
2.6.2 LTE Base Station
2.6.3 LTE Femtocells
2.6.4 LTE Antenna Schemes
2.6.5 LTE RAN Infrastructure and Frequency Reuse
2.7 LTE EPC Infrastructure Elements and Network Architecture
2.7.1 Serving and Packet Gateway
2.7.2 Mobility Management Entity
2.7.3 Policy and Charging Rules Function
2.7.4 IP Multimedia Subsystem
2.7.5 EPC and Core Network Equipment Reuse in LTE
2.8 LTE Backhaul Solutions
2.8.1 LTE Backhaul Requirements
2.8.2 Carrier Ethernet
2.8.3 Fiber Backhauls
2.8.4 Microwave Backhauls
2.8.5 Impact of Femtocells on Backhaul
3 Self-Organizing Networks (SON)
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Why SON for LTE?
3.2.1 IEEE 802.16
3.2.2 SON NGMN Standards
3.2.3 SON Categories and Use Cases
3.2.4 Distributed/Self-organizing (DSO)
3.2.5 Cooperative Relaying (CR) in SON
3.2.6 Feedback Overhead in SON
3.2.7 Codebook-Based Pre-coding in SON
3.2.8 SON Feedback Delay
3.3 SON Implementation
3.4 SON Implementation Staging
3.4.1 Self-Configuration
3.4.2 Self-Optimization
3.4.3 Self-Healing
3.4.4 Self-Healing Challenges
3.4.5 Installation Phases
4 LTE Applications
4.1 VoLTE
4.2 Video
4.3 RCS
4.4 Public Safety
4.5 LTE Direct
5 LTE Deployment Strategies
5.1 Strategy for 3G in an LTE World
5.2 Network Sharing
5.3 LTE Devices
5.4 LTE Architecture Strategies
5.4.1 Small Cells
5.4.2 LTE and IMS
6 Future of LTE
6.1 Devices and Subscribers
6.2 New Paradigms
6.3 New Business Models
6.4 New Applications
6.5 Dangers for the Carrier
6.6 Opportunities for the Carrier
6.7 New Market Entrant

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