6/12/08 - Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced that its first commercial release of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) solutions next year will include products for the 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands to help operators increase coverage and capacity of their broadband wireless networks as they strive to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services.
Both the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and government regulatory bodies around the world are recognizing the need for more spectrum to support the arrival of wireless broadband technologies. Motorola intends to meet the needs of its network operator customers by incorporating both current and new frequency bands being considered for LTE into its product roadmap. The timing for commercialization of products in specific frequency demands will be based upon a combination of general 4G spectrum licensing trends globally as well as individual customer demands.
"We believe deploying LTE in the 700 MHz band is mandatory to meet the needs of wireless carriers in the U.S. market as well as a number of other countries globally," said Darren McQueen, Motorola vice president, Wireless Broadband Access Technologies. "In addition, there is a clear demand for LTE in 2.6GHz spectrum band to meet the needs of GSM carriers that have already secured the spectrum in the global market."
Motorola also announced that its LTE solution will support the future LTE Time Division Duplex (TDD) variant to meet the need of operators with a TDD spectrum holding.
"Leveraging our WiMAX TDD infrastructure, we have designed a common LTE platform that is capable of both LTE Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and TDD, offering global operators the simplicity and economies of scale across markets," McQueen said
Motorola is engaged in LTE trials with operators in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The knowledge gained from these LTE trials, coupled with Motorola's expertise in OFDM and experience as a leading vendor in deploying and managing WiMAX networks, will contribute greatly to the development and maturity of Motorola's LTE solutions portfolio.
Motorola's LTE base station solution is comprised of its common platform site controller unit that will be shared between WiMAX 802.16e and LTE plus a variety of radio head solutions to meet specific customer requirements. The portfolio includes frame based-mounted radios, remote radio heads and tower top radios to support a wide variety of LTE deployment scenarios across newly available spectrum as well as existing GSM, UMTS and CDMA spectrum. Motorola?s flexible eNode B architecture allows many spectrum bands to be supported with limited development investment.
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