Chapter 1

Introduction to LTE-Advanced

The past two decades have witnessed a rapid growth in the number of subscribers and incredible advancement in technology of cellular communication from simple, all-circuit-switched, analog first generation systems with limited voice service capabilities, limited mobility, and small capacity to the fourth generation systems with significantly increased capacity, advanced all-digital packet-switched all-IP implementations that offer a variety of multimedia services. With the increasing demand for high-quality wireless multimedia services, the radio access technologies continue to advance with faster pace toward the next generation of systems.

This chapter provides a background on IMT-Advanced/LTE-Advanced requirements ...

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