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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Not all LTE networks will be created equal

Source: GSMA Mobile Business Briefing
Just about every major mobile operator is moving towards LTE, but they aren't walking in lockstep. Even the LTE pioneers, such as TeliaSonera, Verizon Wireless and NTT Docomo, are each marching to a slightly different tune.

One of the key differences in the early LTE deployments will be the spectrum bands they use. Whereas TeliaSonera has launched networks in Stockholm and Oslo using 20MHz radio channels in the 2.6GHz band, Verizon is planning to use 10MHz channels in the 700MHz band. NTT Docomo is deploying LTE at 2GHz initially, but later plans to also use the 1.5GHz spectrum band.

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