2009-03: Standardisation updates on HSPA Evolution

This newsletter provides an update concerning the latest progress of HSPA standardisation in 3GPP to complete the work for Release 8 on Dual-Cell HSDPA and gives some outlook on what is planned for Release 9. After a study that confirmed the potential gain for various multi-carrier technologies, 3GPP RAN decided for a set of new work items for Release 9. Additional gains can be expected in terms of peak data rates by the combination of Dual-Carrier HSDPA with MIMO and by introducing the concept of Dual-Carrier in the Uplink as well. Furthermore, additional flexibility will be added by supporting new carrier combinations in different spectrum allocations.  The work items which are lead by Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson are expected to be completed by December 2009 and will ensure the continued evolution and competitiveness of HSPA even in Release 9 and beyond.

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