Chapter 21

Future Radio Access—Final Thoughts

Abstract

The evolution of LTE/LTE-Advanced after release 11 will continue with release 12, release 13, and so on, with each new release bringing additional capabilities and further enhanced system performance into the LTE radio-access. This chapter describes the major features added in 3GPP release 12. It also provides an outlook into future radio access (“5G”), including possible new radio access technologies complementing the evolution of LTE.

Keywords

Local-area access; dual connectivity; machine-type communication; device-to-device communication; WLAN interworking; licensed shared access; massive antenna configurations ultra-dense deployments

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