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Early TD-LTE Deployment Is Driving Ecosystem Development

Published: 26 June 2013

ID: G00248683

Analyst(s): Anshul Gupta , Roger Sheng , Tina Tian, Akiyoshi Ishiwata, Joy Yang


Early deployment, especially China Mobile's scale trial in 2013, is driving the Time Division-Long Term Evolution ecosystem toward maturity. Communications service providers that are interested in TD-LTE should partner with ecosystem vendors in order to seek new business opportunities.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Early TD-LTE deployment will drive global TDD spectrum allocation meaning that Band 38, Band 40 and Band 41, which are gaining economies of scale, will be good candidates for global roaming
  • TD-LTE deployments will reach 500,000 base stations by 2014, stimulating the entire ecosystem's maturity and providing opportunities for manufacturers of network equipment, chipsets and terminals
  • TD-LTE's flexibility in allocating frequency resources between uplink and downlink allows it to be an alternative to private mobile systems, which generate unbalanced traffic in some scenarios

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