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Long Term Evolution Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the next generation of radio communication, which is acknowledged as fourth generation of mobile communications (4G), have been designed to increase data rates in mobile communications networks.LTE is an extension to Universal Mobile Telecommunication Systems (UMTS) which is part of International Mobile Telecommunication (IMT) family–standards. ITU-R (International Telecommunication Union-Radiocommunications sector) set the standard IMT- advanced, where number of objective have been defined in order to meet IMT- Advanced standard such as data rates of 100Mbit/s between any two points in the world, high quality of services to support the next multimedia generation, smooth handoff among networks, more spectral efficient systems, Seamless connectivity and global roaming across multiple networks. Although 4G will upgrade existing communication networks and is expected to provide a comprehensive and secure IP (internet protocol) based solution, where facilities such as voice, data and streamed multimedia will be provided to users on an "Anytime, Anywhere" basis and at much higher data rates compared to previous generations, there is a number of speculations raised particularly in marketing issues. However, WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Accessa), another competing technology, trying to meet IMT-standards and become the future dominant technology. The competition between 4G and WiMax have lead to Multiple speculations in testing ,manufacturing, marketing and the migration path of operators to meet LTE standards. Mobile telecommunications have been advancing since the first generation was introduced.1 G was all about voice ,purely analogue system, where Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) scheme were used to access the spectrum. FDMA nowadays would not help operators to compete as the number of mobile users are increasing and higher data rates are required to satisfy users. During the 1990’s the second generation(2G) were introduced which famously known as GSM (Global system for mobile communication). 2G used TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) which is much more efficient in using the spectrum and provided a higher data rates. Then, the switching from circuit switching to Packet switching systems best describes 2.5G(tow and half generation of mobile communication) where digital age started.2.75 G which is known as EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution ) provide data rates of 144kbits/s and used CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) which enhanced data transmission and made it possible to browse the web. However, this generation was not efficient enough to overcome Local Area Networks (LAN’s) neither in speed nor comfortableness in connecting to the internet. 3G provided much higher speeds of 14.4Mbit/s and used enhanced version of CDMA which is CDMA-2000 . Even higher data rates of 42 Mbit/s were introduced with HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) which is also known as 3.5G and use d W- CDMA (wide band-CDMA). High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) or 3.75G was suggested to become 4G before the introduction of IMT-Advanced and because HSUPA enhanced the uplink data rates for 3.5G users only. Testing these technologies become harder as the technology advanced. At the beginning it was relatively easy to test these technologies and provide monitoring equipments since the number of manufacturers were small and used almost similar techniques in manufacturing communications equipments. By the time 2.5G introduced testing methods have to be changed and become independent of network vendors (2).operators had more flexibility to integrate different brands into their networks. Standardized testing were introduced for 3G which involved additional measurement techniques(2). As IMT-advanced recommends up to 1Gbit/s data rates and testing of HSPA is still challenging. 4G testing techniques is still vague particularly that the industry needs more specific definition of 4G.(2) Mobile technology manufacturers have played an important role to drive the telecommunication market by pushing service providers to adopt their technology. However, since 4G and mobile WiMax are about to be deployed manufacturers are confused since the market is divided according to the speculations and surveys conducted among the industry.56% of service providers are developing or planning to develop 4G networks while 36% for Wimax (3). The important factor for manufacturers is availability of the technology in the market which will decide between 4G and WiMax (3). It used to be manufacturers who decide the path for service providers. However, it seems that it is more likely about service providers’ call. Most of service providers have invested a lot of money in their networks and it seems with the introduction of IPv6 they are thinking of integrating their different networks in what is known as clods of IPs in order to minimize their cost of not changing too much of their networks. 4G and WiMax goal is to provide comfort to service providers in order to smooth network integration.4G is an extension to the existing networks while WiMax is more spectrum efficient and less expensive(3).Therefore, decision makers in telecommunication industry could face many challenges since it is no longer a matter of using the available technologies , it’s the matter of making it available. Usually when handset manufactures provides new technology the price of handsets increases. Most of the manufacturers include a royalty cost to their products which is around 15% of the total price. Since most manufacturers provide both handsets and networks elements. It seems that exclusive handsets for 4G is impossible idea since it is not an overnight process to change to 4G just like what happed switching to 3G. it is important for manufacturers to lower their royalty fees on their products in order to add incentives to make the technology available(1). Mass adoption of 4G depends mainly on making technology available which is on the hand of service providers and by lowering royalty coast of handsets(1). In some countries handsets prices are not included in the service providers contract. Therefore, in such markets it is probably harder to market new products without the help of service providers.
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