LTE Peak Capacity Explained: How to Calculate it?

I like to focus on LTE capacity in the next few blog entries and present what can realistically be obtained. I have seen wild figures, mainly pushed by system vendors and consumed by many operators, journalist and writers who like to wow readers of the promise of new technologies.  For network operators, erring on capacity expectations has negative consequences as capacity fundamentally impact the cost of the network both on the access side and the backhaul side. Inflated capacity figures would lead to under-dimensioning on the access side and over-dimensioning on the backhaul side. So, for example, if we think LTE cell will provide 100 Mbps of throughput while in reality can only do 50 Mbps, the operator will be short by 50% of capacity in the access network resulting in poor user experience (e.g. slow download, blocking, etc.) and will be 50% over the required capacity for backhaul in which case it’s investment in capacity that’s sitting idle. This is why it is important to get capacity expectations right. Continue reading

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Frank and I have been working in the wireless infrastructure industry for over 18 years. I love this industry and have seen it grow through different phases – never a dull moment. One wave of technology after another; so many of ideas and solutions; successes and failures… It’s all so fascinating and that’s what I want to blog on. I have worked for different companies including wireless carriers in North America and in other international markets, equipment vendors and consulting companies. I cannot claim that I have seen it all, so it’s my hope that my blog site will eventually grow to get contributions from others in the industry…

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