Motorola plans LTE technology

Experience in WiMax will help create new LTE offerings

Motorola announced plans Tuesday to release technology next year that supports Long-Term Evolution high-speed wireless networks, first for the 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands.

It was assumed that Motorola would build such technology for wireless base stations, as the company has a long tradition of manufacturing just about any technology sought by various carriers, said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates.

The news means Motorola is abandoning or lessening efforts in building out WiMax technology, which has many similarities with LTE, Gold said. Both technologies, for example, rely on Orthagonal Frequency Division Modulation (OFDM) for downlinks, and Multiple Input-Multiple Output (MIMO).

Motorola is helping Sprint Nextel build a WiMax network in Chicago, although a commercial launch date has not been set. Motorola officials have stated strong support for WiMax development in the US, even as Sprint was searching for investors earlier this year. Sprint is working in a joint venture with Clearwire, with investors that include Google and several cable companies.

While Sprint has a strong focus on WiMax, AT&T and Verizon Wireless have supported development of LTE networks as a natural progression from their existing networks. LTE would arrive perhaps a year after WiMax in the US, which should be widely available in late 2010.

In a statement Tuesday, Motorola said its LTE technology will help operators increase coverage and capacity of their networks as they try to meet demand for mobile broadband services.

Motorola has said that its experience in deploying and managing WiMax networks will contribute to development of its LTE technologies.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?