White Paper : Delivering Location in LTE Networks
Location Based Services (LBS) is one of the hottest trends in mobile services today. Location services well accepted by users, range from core location services like emergency services Enhanced-911 (E911) to various commercial services like navigation, fleet tracking. Taking it further, market expects to see more traction in the areas of location mesh-up with services like social networking, mobile advertising and enterprise collaboration.
Further, the Mobile cellular ecosystem is continuously evolving to meet the needs of mobile users. One of the important requirements is having high bandwidth data network accessible on the move. This can enable host of applications like video calling, conferencing, etc. To address these needs, wireless networks are continuously evolving, with Long Term Evolution (LTE) being one of the most promising fourth generation (4G) technologies. However, the cost and complexity involved with new network deployment poses challenges to carriers on how to effectively ensure Return on Investment (ROI). Launching popular services such as various LBS helps them many times in improving the ROI.
Location technology being an integral part of wireless network, with network evaluation it is evident that location technology would also require corresponding evolution. To address this, various standards bodies work towards different solutions for meeting different market needs and no single solution can suffice for all the market requirements. This poses challenges to carriers, their infrastructure vendors and even handset vendors in selecting the appropriate technology to meet their specific market needs.
At Persistent, we have developed significant expertise in location technology and applications by working with different infrastructure vendors, Tier 1 carriers and applications solution providers. Utilizing this experience, we have recently written a white paper on Delivering Location in LTE Networks which helps provide some direction on how to deliver location in LTE network. It talks about available technology options and how these diverse choices can meet the varying market needs of different vendors and carriers.
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