TD-LTE Ecosystem Market
TD-LTE Ecosystem Market

TD-LTE – the unpaired version of the future dominant mobile broadband technology. Long Term Evolution denotes fourth generation (4G) mobile communication technology, that is based on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) or Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System or High Speed Packet Access technologies. At present, majority of LTE technology is centered on frequency division duplex or FDD-LTE. The increasing demand for faster technology has steered the growth of time division duplex (TDD) LTE. The momentum behind TD-LTE is unmistakable. Starting with major R&D investments and trials in Asia, it is on the road to adoption in countries or regions as widespread and diverse as the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and North America.

A range of components suppliers are including TD-LTE in their road maps, from Qualcomm to Sequans (the latter diversifying away from their original focus on WiMAX), and the first chipsets are now available. A certification process has been established for TD-LTE customer devices from dongles to handsets, and the first such device (a dongle) was recently certified.

TD-LTE development and anticipated deployments are concentrated for now on two bands, 2.3 and 2.6 GHz. The former has some 100 MHz of spectrum available (2300-2400 MHz), although not everywhere (e.g. the Americas). The most common plan for the 2.6 GHz band includes 50 MHz of unpaired spectrum (2570-2620 MHz), although in some countries, e.g. Saudi Arabia much of this spectrum would have to be cleared by its current holders, typically the military or other Government agencies. There is also interest in deploying TD-LTE in unpaired spectrum that some operators already hold but have not yet used, for example in the centre gap in the 3G 2.1 GHz band (2010-2025 MHz).

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The value of TD-LTE derives both from its time division duplex deployment, so that it can make use of otherwise fallow unpaired spectrum, and its use of the LTE standard so that unlike previous TDD systems it will benefit as discussed above from, as well as contribute to economies of scale for devices and equipment, and enable seamless roaming on FDD networks. Anticipated developments in technology will reinforce and expand the value of TD-LTE even further in combination with FDD LTE.

Advancement in wireless infrastructure is likely to create opportunities in the global TD-LTE ecosystem market. Various standardization bodies are developing higher frequencies and higher data rates having shorter transmission ranges. Early use of some technologies like 802.11ac assures a Gigabit per second from a single access point. Moreover, LTE-A is leading a path out to full mobile broadband incorporated with smart spectrum reuse and direct local communications between devices is enabling the bandwidth crunch. Advancement in wireless infrastructure has set the stage for the upcoming 5G technology standards development. 5G is not yet open for use by anyone since it is still under development. However, most companies have started creating 5G products and field testing them. This is likely to create ample opportunities in the global market during the forecast period.

The leading key companies in global TD-LTE ecosystem market comprises Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.(China), Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson (Sweden), Nokia (Finland), AT&T, Inc.(U.S.), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(South Korea), ZTE Corporation (China), MediaTek, Inc.(Taiwan), Qualcomm Inc.(U.S.), Broadcom Corporation (U.S.), Spreadtrum Communications Inc. (China).

The market for TD-LTE ecosystem across the globe is estimated to be worth US$264.00 bn by 2025