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TD-LTE: Adoption and Challenges Around TD-LTE

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TD-LTE: Adoption and Challenges Around TD-LTE
Published: March 20, 2014 Content info: 43 Pages
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The TD-LTE ecosystem is still in its early days but the commercial launch by China Mobile in December 2013 is going to boost the TD-LTE market. Our estimates for TD-LTE subscriptions in December 2013, based on the data from our LTE Watch service, indicate fewer than 3.5 million subscriptions. This report presents the TD-LTE deployment status in the main markets (Japan, USA, China, Australia, India), the device ecosystem and the technical aspects of the TD-LTE ecosystem.

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Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

2. Methodology

3. Deployment status of TD-LTE

  • 3.1. Deployment overview
  • 3.2. Dual mode TDD and FDD networks
  • 3.3. Less than 2 million TD-LTE subscriptions at end-2013
  • 3.4. Case studies
    • 3.4.1. Australia
    • 3.4.2. China: the strongest contributor to the TD-LTE ecosystem
    • 3.4.3. India (Bharti Airtel)
    • 3.4.4. Japan (SoftBank)
    • 3.4.5. South Korea
    • 3.4.6. Brazil
    • 3.4.7. USA
    • 3.4.8. Saudi Arabia (Mobily)
    • 3.4.9. Sweden (HI3G Sweden)
    • 3.4.10. United Kingdom (UK Broadband)
    • 3.4.11. Other deployments

4. The device ecosystem

  • 4.1. TD-LTE basebands
  • 4.2. End-user devices

5. TD-LTE technical evolution closely follows that of LTE FDD

  • 5.1. TD-LTE: more flexibility than the FDD mode
  • 5.2. Carrier aggregation
  • 5.3. Refarming and TD-LTE
  • 5.4. TD-LTE and roaming
  • 5.5. Voice over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE)
  • 5.6. TD-LTE and the 3.5 GHz band
  • 5.7. TD-LTE and other TDD technologies
    • 5.7.1. XGP and AXGP
    • 5.7.2. WiMAX Advanced and TD-LTE

6. Annexes

  • 6.1. Main TD-LTE basebands
  • 6.2. Main TD-LTE smartphones
  • 6.3. China Mobile TD-LTE terminal requirements
  • 6.4. Devices supporting TD-LTE in bands 42 and 43
  • 6.5. WiMAX operator evolution path, by region

Report's tables and figures

Tables

  • Table 1: TD-LTE and LTE FDD ecosystems at December 2013
  • Table 2: Adoption of TD-LTE technology at December 2013, by country
  • Table 3: TDD/FDD deployments
  • Table 4: TD-LTE and LTE FDD ecosystems at December 2013
  • Table 5: TD-LTE subscription figures at December 2013
  • Table 6: First-phase testing sites and assignments
  • Table 7: Number of devices available for each TDD band, as of November 2013
  • Table 8: Main frequency bands for UMTS/HSPA/LTE deployment - TDD mode
  • Table 9: Potential use of TDD bands for LTE
  • Table 10: TDD bands
  • Table 11: TD-LTE baseband chipsets
  • Table 12: TD-LTE smartphones
  • Table 13: Devices supporting TD-LTE in bands 42 & 43 (3.5 GHz)
  • Table 14: WiMAX operator evolution

Figures

  • Figure 1: Number of TD-LTE networks launched, by frequency band
  • Figure 2: Combination of FDD and TDD frequencies in commercially-launched FDD-TDD networks
  • Figure 3: TD-LTE development
  • Figure 4: Potential subscribers for TD-LTE
  • Figure 5: Mobile spectrum in Australia
  • Figure 6: Optus TD-LTE ('G Plus') coverage for southern Australia
  • Figure 7: NBN Co broadband access
  • Figure 8: NBN Co fixed wireless infrastructure in 2016
  • Figure 9: NBN Co network
  • Figure 10: TD-LTE trials in China
  • Figure 11: Bharti networks footprint
  • Figure 12: SoftBank spectrum resources
  • Figure 13: SoftBank TD-LTE and LTE FDD coverage areas
  • Figure 14: TD-LTE cell sites operated by SoftBank
  • Figure 15: SoftBank TD-LTE coverage in Tokyo
  • Figure 16: Subscribers to SoftBank Wireless City Planning TD-LTE
  • Figure 17: Sprint multiband strategy
  • Figure 18: Access Spectrum coverage
  • Figure 19: Access Spectrum 700 MHz band
  • Figure 20: UK Broadband LTE spectrum
  • Figure 21: Main TD-LTE networks in Russia, as of mid-2013
  • Figure 22: Timeline of TD-LTE chipsets and devices
  • Figure 23: Distribution of the 274 TD-LTE devices as of December 2013
  • Figure 24: MiFi price evolution, in CNY
  • Figure 25: TD-LTE and LTE FDD complementarity
  • Figure 26: Carrier aggregation options
  • Figure 27: Availability and useability of spectrum in bands 42 and 43 in the world
  • Figure 28: Forecast global annual shipments of 3.5 GHz-compatible devices
  • Figure 29: Annual shipments of 3.5 GHz-compatible devices, by type, as % of total, upside case scenario
  • Figure 30: ASA and the 3.5 GHz band
  • Figure 31: The different releases of XGP
  • Figure 32: AXGP roadmap
  • Figure 33: WiMAX evolution path towards TD-LTE
  • Figure 34: UQ strategy and roadmap for the introduction of WiMAX 2
  • Figure 35: China Mobile multi-mode multi-band requirement
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