LTE provides downlink peak rates of at least 100Mbit/s, 50 Mbit/s in the uplink and RAN (Radio Access Network) round-trip times of less than 10ms. LTE supports flexible carrier bandwidths, from 1.4 MHz up to 20 MHz as well as both FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) and TDD (Time Division Duplex).
The goals for LTE include improving spectral efficiency, lowering costs, improving services, making use of new spectrum and reformed spectrum opportunities, and better integration with other open standards. The architecture that will result from this work is called EPS (Evolved Packet System) and comprises E-UTRAN (Evolved UTRAN) on the access side and EPC (Evolved Packet Core) on the core side. EPC is also known as SAE (System Architecture Evolution) and E-UTRAN is also known as LTE.
The main advantages with LTE are high throughput, low latency, plug and play, FDD and TDD in the same platform, improved end-user experience and simple architecture resulting in low operating expenditures. LTE will also support seamless connection to existing networks such as GSM, cdmaOne, W-CDMA (UMTS), and CDMA2000.
LTE is the next generation upgrade to mobile networks (from WCDMA and EV-DO). It will supposedly allow for real world data throughputs above 10Mbps per second....which means that streaming video on a wide scale becomes much more realistic. Verizon and NTT Docomo (Japan) are going to be the leaders in the rollout with the first limited deployments in late 2010.
From PANL's perspective, anything that boosts video usage on handsets serves to highlight the strengths of OLED's....so the faster LTE gets to market, the better.