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Long-Term Evolution Advanced

(also LTE Advanced)

Long-Term Evolution Advanced (LTE Advanced) definition 

Long-Term Evolution Advanced (LTE Advanced) refers to an upgraded version of LTE. It offers faster speeds and better coverage. LTE Advanced is like a halfway point between 4G and 5G. LTE Advanced is supported by the majority of existing devices, so it’s a great fallback option where 5G is not yet available. 

See also: 5G network, Carrier ethernet

LTE Advanced benefits

  1. 1.Faster speeds. It can reach download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and upload speeds of up to 500 Mbps. 
  2. 2.Improved capacity. It can handle more users and devices simultaneously, making it better suited for densely populated areas like cities, stadiums, and concerts.
  3. 3.Better coverage. It uses advanced antenna technologies and network techniques to reduce dead zones and improve connectivity in rural or indoor areas.
  4. 4.Enhanced reliability. It ensures a more consistent connection for users.
  5. 5.Support for new technologies. Support for newer technologies helps improve speeds, reliability, and data transmission.

How does LTE Advanced work?

  1. 1.Carrier aggregation. It allows the network to combine multiple frequency bands into a single, larger band, which increases the overall bandwidth and data speeds.
  2. 2.MIMO. MIMO technology uses multiple antennas to send and receive more data simultaneously. 
  3. 3.Advanced modulation techniques. More efficient modulation schemes, like 256-QAM, pack more data into the same amount of radio frequency space, increasing data rates.
  4. 4.Smaller cells. A mix of macro cells and small cells improves coverage and capacity, especially in high-demand areas.