Qualcomm To Boost Smartphone Data Speeds With LTE-U
Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm announced Thursday that it will begin a new project this year in which it will sell components based on LTE technology. These components are designed to provide smartphone users better receptions in places like subway tunnels and shopping malls.
The San Diego, California company said that the LTE-based components are reconciled for smaller than traditional phone stations which are generally hosted by huge metal towers cluttered with antennas and other electronic devices, told Reuters.
LTE, or Long-Term Evolution, is famous modern technology with which communication between mobile phones and carrier networks occurs. The new “LTE Unlicensed,” will use the same radio spectrum which WiFi uses for short distances.
The discoverer, Qualcomm, is hopeful that the LTE-U will give a leg up to its smartphone chips business, as the discovery is likely to occur as a strong motivation for the users to upgrade their devices.
Poor reception at out-of-the way places (for example in impenetrable buildings) is becoming a serious problem for the mobile companies. Which LTE-U can fairly resolve. LTE-U doesn’t have much complications in usage thus it is likely to alleviate pains of poor users.
The simple installation process of LTE-U based station at the buildings is what can rectify the problems of companies as well as of the users. The installation process is pretty simple; unlike traditional towers, its stations are similar to WiFi routers and are easy to be set up.
Qualcomm is not the only company which is looking towards LTE-U for as the problem solver. Many others have realized the potential of this technology to improve their mobile networks. T-Mobile has talked about his plans of using the technology while Intel and few other companies are already working on their LTE-U products.
“We have to explore all options to increase network capacity because we’re running out of spectrum, and the amount of data we’re transmitting is going through the roof,” said Tirias Research analyst Jim McGregor.
Qualcomm is optimistic that adopting LTE-U can provide better performance for the users and cost-effective production for the carriers. Qualcomm Chief Technology Officer Matt Grob said: “The performance is better. It’s not a large cost adder and it also provides a lot of advantages flexibility to the operators.”