In 2017, about half of all LTE wireless operators will have to use carrier aggregation across three carriers, or LTE bands, to achieve LTE Cat. 6 data rates (downlink of 300 Mbps).
LTE Cat. 6 will be considered the minimum needed to support a good user experience for media-rich applications in mid- to premium-tier smartphones and tablets.
Telecoms will be looking for carrier aggregation since it provides faster speeds and improves network performance by balancing traffic across bands.
Anite recently announced that its upcoming versions of Nemo Outdoor, Nemo Invex II, Nemo Handy, and Nemo Walker Air will support 3 Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Category 9 devices.
The upcoming Carrier Aggregation with 3 carrier components will enable telecom operators to reach maximum speeds of up to 450 Mbps.
Recently, Qualcomm Technologies announced that it is extending its LTE modem technology to provide fast cellular connectivity in the next generation of Windows 10 notebooks and tablets for consumers, and enterprise customers.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X12, X7 and X5 LTE modems will support connected user experiences in upcoming Windows 10 notebooks, 2-in-1s and tablets later this year.
“LTE Advanced technology is growing in importance for both consumers and business users of the more than 80 networks around the world that have upgraded to support the significantly faster network speeds LTE Advanced provides,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless.
To deliver smartphone connectivity to the PC industry, Qualcomm Technologies offers LTE modems across multiple classes for integration into enterprise-class mobile devices.
Fram Akiki, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, said: “The Snapdragon LTE modem family provides a range of productivity services to IT managers and mobile workforce for cloud based data, applications and analytics through a secure and reliable connection.”
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 chipset supports 3x downlink carrier aggregation, which many operators will need over the next two years in LTE-A devices running on their networks.