Motorola plans to offer a common platform in 2009 supporting both WiMax and LTE.
Motorola plans to include both current and new frequency bands in the
company's first commercial release of LTE in 2009, including the700 MHz
spectrum recently auctioned off by the FCC.
The decision to include 700MHz and 2.6GHz solutions in the package will
allow network operators to increase coverage and capacity. The timing for
commercialization of products will be based upon a combination of general fourth-generation
spectrum licensing trends globally as well as individual customer demands.
Long Term Evolution technology was developed within the 3rd Generation
Partnership Project, or 3GPP, standards organization. LTE is designed to
deliver mobile data networks with higher speed and throughput performance,
lower latency, global roaming, and improved efficiency.
Verizon and Vodafone, the joint owners of Verizon Wireless, currently use
incompatible mobile wireless technologies, and plan trials for the LTE
technology in 2008. Verizon plans to use LTE technology as a path to its 4G
wireless services. Trial suppliers include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola,
Nokia Siemens Networks and Nortel Networks.
"We believe deploying LTE in the 700MHz band is mandatory to meet the
needs of wireless carriers in the U.S.
market as well as a number of other countries globally," Darren McQueen,
Motorola vice president for Wireless Broadband Access Technologies, said in a
McQueen added that there is also a demand for LTE in the 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 would
support the future LTE TDD (Time Division Duplex) variant to meet the need of
operators with TDD spectrum holdings.
Motorola's LTE base station solution comprises its common platform site
controller unit to be shared between WiMax 802.16e and LTE plus a variety of
radio head solutions to meet specific customer requirements.
"Leveraging our WiMax TDD infrastructure, we have
designed a common LTE platform that is capable of both LTE Frequency Division
Duplex ... and TDD, offering global operators the simplicity and economies of
scale across markets," McQueen said.