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LTE TDD to make up 25% of all LTE by 2016.

Ovum has said that LTE TDD has gained wide acceptance from leading infrastructure and device vendors, and the research firm expects 25% of all LTE connections to include LTE TDD by 2016.

The research firm has

said that the technology has already been adopted by operators in Japan, the

Middle East and Europe. Daryl Schoolar, a principal analyst in Ovum's Network

Infrastructure practice said: "The biggest market opportunities for LTE

TDD will come from its deployment to support mobile broadband services. Other

opportunities will include its use as a fixed wireless broadband network and

for small cell backhaul."

Some other operators like STC (Saudi Arabia), Softbank

(Japan), Optus (Australia) and Hi3G (Sweden and Denmark) have gone down the

multimodal LTE FDD/TDD route, as part of upgrading current infrastructure that

supports GSM WDCMA and HSPA networks.

Schoolar added:

"Combining multiple standards such as GSM and WCDMA/HSPA and LTE FDD

and/or TDD will grow the overall network capacity and increase quality of

service. This is just a small part of it; the bigger opportunities lie in

operators deploying it as their primary 4G network, such as Bharti Airtel in

India and Mobily in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, LTE TDD provides cost benefits due

to the price of unpaired spectrum, which can be passed on to end users."

Market estimates

place the total commercial devices at over 60. The production volumes and

choices are continuously increasing, and vendors like Huawei and others support

multi-mode, multi-band devices.

"Thanks to

multi-standard base stations, mobile operators will look to the same vendors

that deployed their 2G/3G and LTE FDD networks to deploy their LTE TDD

networks," concluded Schoolar.

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