Qualcomm Extends LTE Band to Boost Mobile Experience
The increasing demand for mobile data has left consumers looking to networks to help bolster capacities. One way that Qualcomm is doing this is by extending the current LTE network into the unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U) which will soon be integrated into cellular devices. This move comes as the latest solution to help improve RF transceivers for mobile technology and is expected to have a positive impact on the current market.
Qualcomm has noted their completion of over-the-air testing to prove the ability of LTE-U and Wi-Fi to co-exist. This shows that the new cellular technology would not hamper existing wireless signals among consumer areas. Many industry insiders posed warnings that endeavoring into neighboring frequency bands could have a harmful impact on existing consumer technologies. Qualcomm’s testing has asserted their new commitment to LTE-U will be harmless to such existing networks and devices.
The New Growth
As the shape and image of the internet continues to grow, industry analysts continue to observe increasing market shares across nearly every sector being attributed to online purchases and service usage. Popular social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are boasting an unprecedented number of users. In addition to an increase in online activity, industry analysts are also noting the even larger surge in mobile use. Websites are now designing their fundamental layouts in a ‘mobile-first’ way such that consumers on smart phones, tablets, and everything in between are able to have a high quality user experience as well.
Newer network infrastructure holds great promise for extending already powerful consumer technologies. For example, many of the best humidifiers on the market are now integrating with home networks which are accessible via LTE networks, facilitated by home owner’s smart devices. This new era of smart device integration will only procreate alongside expanding network capabilities, more efficient compression algorithms, and growing consumer familiarity. While the vast majority of consumers have are fully committed to the growing smart device trend there are still non-negligible population segments that still don’t have any mobile devices—certainly not those running software as powerful as Android or iOs.
Qualcomm’s announcement comes in the midst of gigantic mobile-first company acquisitions by such behemoths as Facebook, Google, and Pinterest. These brands continue to trailblaze the way forwards for unique and engaging consumer and business experiences. With newer more capable networks such as the LTE-U band, these technologies only stand to improve.