Source: EE Times UK
Unprecedented global support for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology promises a step change in both the performance and cost-per-bit of wireless data services due as much to the vast economies scale anticipated for LTE as to advances in technology.
But this broad support inevitably means network deployment strategies will vary widely, as operators around the world face decisions on how to manage the long transition from today’s 2G and 3G networks.
For equipment vendors and, by extension their silicon and subsystem suppliers, the challenge is to meet these diverse operator requirements, yet still maintain standardized product portfolios that require a minimum of customization. Inevitably, this is shifting the value in basestation products (eNodeBs) to software-defined systems.