The economic viability and recommendations for 4G deployments
Recent increase in mobile data traffic is being driven by the growing popularity of mobile broadband-enabled embedded devices, increasing consumer interest in data-intensive applications, and flat-rate pricing of mobile data. This usage growth is likely to continue, and will exert significant pressure on mobile network performance, compelling operators to consider the deployment of 4G access technologies. In this paper, we review the developments compelling operators to consider the transition to 4G and assess the merits of the various 4G technologies available. Following an analysis of the business case for 4G deployments, recommendations are made for operator strategies.