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The Transition to 4G
3G Americas have published their latest White Paper:"Transition to 4G: 3GPP Broadband Evolution to IMT-Advanced" to explain the evolution of 3GPP technologies and how they fit into the ITU roadmap that leads to IMT-Advanced.

The following are some of the key observations and conclusions of the white paper, written by Peter Rysavy, President of Rysavy Research:

  • GSM-HSPA has an overwhelming global position in terms of subscribers, deployment, and services

  • 3GPP has spearheaded enhancements to both the Radio Access Network and Core Network to enhance customer experiences

  • HSPA and LTE have significant economic advantages over other wireless technologies because of their vast economies of scale and scope

  • The 3GPP OFDMA approach used in LTE matches or exceeds the capabilities of any other OFDMA system

  • 3GPP has made significant progress on how to enhance LTE to meet the requirements of IMT-Advanced

  • Specifications for LTE-Advanced, with peak theoretical speeds up to 1 Gbps, are expected to be completed by March 2011 making LTE-Advanced one of the first technologies defined to meet ITU IMT-Advanced requirements

About 3G Americas:

Unifying the Americas through Wireless Technology
3G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas. 3G Americas has contributed to the successful commercial rollout of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies across the Americas and their place as the No. 1 technology family in the region. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 3G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Dallas.

More information is available at www.3gamericas.org.

Vicki Livingston
3G Americas

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