Mobile has become the preferred source of information sharing, and there is a continuous launch of new and exciting bandwidth-heavy multimedia applications to facilitate this transfer of video and data. Applications like interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced games, high definition multimedia and broadcast TV applications all require very high bandwidth and minimized latency to provide the optimal consumer experience. These, and many more innovative rich media applications, have created the need for Long Term Evolution (LTE) which is expected to offer uplink and downlink data speeds of 50mbps and 100 mbps respectively. LTE offers many unique advantages including increased peak data rates, increased cell edge performance, reduced latency and lower cost per gigabyte. LTE is also expected to cater to the broadband market, in the short-run, primarily through fixed technologies, since it can offer competitive data rates and help operators increase their subscriber bases.LTE provides an easy migration path and is the common destination for both 3GPP and CDMA operators. It offers a big step towards the next generation of mobile technologies commonly referred to as 4G. LTE brings convergence among multiple technologies and offers unique cost advantages for operators by reducing their CAPEX and OPEX.
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