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Module 2: Macro layer deployments and key trends 2015 to 2020

Module 2: Macro layer deployments and key trends 2015 to 2020

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While small cells are often the main focus of discussion about future HetNet architectures, the macro layer will remain the primary tool for wide area coverage and full mobility and will be continuously enhanced and even densified itself. The ‘SuperMacro’ will be an important element of HetNet strategies, introducing technologies like massive MIMO and coordinated multipoint, which will be stepping stones to 5G too.

This module provides detailed forecasts of deployments, site upgrades (hardware and software) and installed base up until 2020. These are broken down by region, air interface combination and by the elements of the LTE-Advanced (Releases 11 to 14) which carriers plan to support. The various combinations of frequency bands, including carrier aggregation, are important to understand the future of the macro network and the HetNet, as are the introduction of dense technologies like massive MIMO.

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