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New technology promises to do more with less spectrum

telecom | 08/27/2014 8:28 pm EDT

A new technology that is part of the next generation of LTE could help wireless carriers more than double the speed of their networks and make the most out of their limited spectrum holdings. Each spectrum band, be it PCS, AWS or 700 MHz, is subdivided into smaller chunks of paired and unpaired spectrum that are used by carriers to deliver wireless services. It is the size of these chunks, ranging in some cases from a single 5 MHz channel to paired 20 MHz channels, which determines the speed of a wireless connection. Yet those stuck with limited amounts of spectrum or unsuitably small chunks...