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WiMAX Strides

Analysis: Big strides for Super 3G and WiMAX by 2009

Other topics: WiMAX Basestation Receivers, WiMAX Strides, WiMAX Radio Integration

October 9, 2007

INTERNATIONAL. The big telcos don't want to miss out on the latest technology no matter what it is, WiMAX, DVB-H or 3G LTE, or 'Super 3G'.

Amid growing interest in alternative technologies, such as DVB-H and WiMAX, 3G is set to fight back with 3G LTE, which could dramatically enhance the capabilities of 3G networks from 2009, according to a report 'Prospects for the Evolution of 3G and 4G', from Analysys, the global advisers on telecoms, IT and media.

Though LTE has more long-term potential, WiMAX at the moment is benefiting from having a two-year head start in the market for fourth-generation networks.

Another ABI Research study projects that the number of WiMAX subscribers will grow substantially by 2012, as roughly 95 million CPE users and 200 million mobile device users will be using the technology. WiMAX is now gaining momentum as a legitimate technology due to a "sharp rise" in interest among some major operators in using the technology, says the study. In particular, the study singles out Sprint and Clearwire - which agreed this Summer to collaborate on building America's first nationwide WiMAX network - as leading the way.

Additionally, Vodafone is looking to deploy WiMAX in Middle Eastern and Eastern European markets, the study reports.

HSPA (high-speed packet access) and MBMS (multimedia broadcast and multicast service) bring important capability enhancements to W-CDMA. However, they do not match broadcasting technologies (such as DVB-H) or broadband wireless access (such as WiMAX) for delivering mobile TV, Internet access and other important services. 3G may need a major leap forward in capabilities to remain competitive.

The relatively little-known 3G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) standard, often termed ‘Super 3G’, may provide the necessary breakthrough, to support a range of new services from 2009.

By adopting many of the same techniques as alternative wireless technologies, such as WiMAX, 3G LTE is aiming to achieve a peak downlink data rate of 100Mbit/s, an increase in capacity of three to five times compared to HSPA (in the same bandwidth) and latency as low as 20ms. While its performance in a real network implementation remains to be seen, such capabilities have the potential to enable some significant new service opportunities.

Social change in mobile usage by 2009

Fixed-mobile substitution, when customers cease using fixed voice services altogether, is a great opportunity for mobile-only operators. However, the need to be competitive with DSL, in terms of performance and pricing, places great demands on wireless technology. HSPA does not achieve the capacity, latency or cost per Mbyte needed to compete head-on with fixed DSL services. But according to Mark Heath, co-author of the Analysys report, “3G LTE could bring the step change needed for mobile operators to offer a realistic alternative to fixed services.”

Mobile TV and video are increasingly seen by mobile operators as ‘must have’ services. However, by the time the majority of users have migrated to 3G networks, HSPA will only be able to support a few minutes of unicast viewing per day. Moreover, within the confines of current 3G paired-frequency allocations, the MBMS broadcasting capability will only support a small number of channels compared to DVB-H. But, as Mark Heath points out: “3G LTE could enable mobile operators to offer an attractive mix of broadcast and unicast content without needing DVB-H.”

The advent of 3G LTE could also make cellular VoIP (voice over IP) commercially viable for the first time. VoIP could bring major benefits for mobile operators, including cost savings and the ability to integrate voice and multimedia services. “While there is insufficient rationale for using VoIP over HSPA, due to IP overheads, there may be a compelling case with 3G LTE,” says Heath.

Although 3G LTE could revolutionise the capabilities of 3G networks, there are some important challenges to overcome. According to report co-author Alastair Brydon, “The full benefits of 3G LTE will only be achieved if mobile operators are able to use it in 20MHz of bandwidth, which will require new spectrum allocations.” This means that mobile operators will need to secure additional spectrum, such as the GSM extension band, and ensure that other technologies or new entrants do not get access to this valuable spectrum.

“While 3G LTE is being designed to minimise the cost of upgrades for mobile networks, there are still great uncertainties over the investments that operators will need to make, in terms of network infrastructure and spectrum,” says Brydon. The 3G community will need to address these uncertainties quickly if it is to build momentum in 3G LTE.

Prospects for the Evolution of 3G and 4G studies the options for the evolution of 3G networks, focusing on the forthcoming 3G LTE and 4G standards. It evaluates the realistic capabilities of 3G LTE in terms of throughput, capacity, latency and cost per Mbyte. By modelling a typical network, it quantifies the practical gains that will be achieved by 3G LTE and the service mixes that it will be able to support. The report identifies actions to enable mobile network operators and equipment vendors to seize the opportunities that the evolution of 3G networks will provide.

Bundling of next generation devices

Philip Solis, the principal mobile broadband analyst for ABI, says that he expects WiMAX devices and services will be widely available to consumers by 2009, with some significant product rollouts in 2008. He thinks that WiMAX will allow wireless operators such as Sprint to sign their customers up for multiple mobile devices - including handsets, digital cameras, portable media players and USB modems - at a time.

Solis notes that one of WiMAX's major barriers has been a lack of available spectrum, especially in Europe. However, he says many countries are now taking "a more technology-neutral approach to licensing spectrum." The UK, for instance, has decided that it won't limit the 2.6-GHz spectrum only to 3G technology.

However, Solis also says that WiMAX's dominance in the 4G market will be short-lived, as he expects LTE technology to hit the market by 2012 at the very latest. One major advantage that LTE has, he says, is that it evolved from the widely used GSM technology, which will make it more appealing to GSM subscribers.

"I think that LTE will be the long-term winner for 4G services," he says. "But when LTE is just getting off the ground, WiMAX will already be going strong. It will have a two-year market advantage and room to grow."

WiMAX garnered a great deal of attention last month after recent WiMAX World convention in Chicago saw the debut of Motorola's WiMAX client chipset. Meanwhile, operators officially began testing LTE last year, with heavyweights such as T-Mobile, Vodafone and Alcatel-Lucent participating.

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