Clearwire is currently building out an LTE TDD nationwide network. On May 8, leading mobile chip maker Qualcomm announced that it will support Clearwire’s LTE TDD network by building in its specs to its line of chipsets for multi-node LTE. The support takes the form of including 3GPP Band 41 (B41) frequency support to Qualcomm’s multi-node LTE chips. This inclusion adds to the existing array of wireless protocols Qualcomm’s chips support. In addition to LTE TDD, Qualcomm already supports the following multi-mode multi-band standards: LTE FDD and the major broadband networks’wireless standards. The inclusion of Clearwire’s LTE TDD standard helps increase phone support for the wireless services provider because phones equipped with the standard’s chipsets can enjoy LTE benefits in areas serviced by Clearwire. Qualcomm is the dominant radio chip manufacturer and its inclusion of the standard on its chips will enable a wide range of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) all over the world to fully commercialize LTE through a variety of mobile devices. This also helps pave the way for cost-effective and standardized LTE networks all over the world as networks are built to service the devices.
According to Qualcomm’s president, Steve Mollenkopf, LTE’s global growth is dependent on mobile device manufacturers’ development and commercialization of affordable LTE devices. He said that by adding B41 band support to its LTE chipsets, Qualcomm is helping OEMs design affordable and competitive mobile devices which can service different geographical markets. For its part, Clearwire says that the inclusion of its TDD standard to the chipset explodes the geographic range of the devices that contain Qualcomm’s chipsets. These devices will enable their users to enjoy the benefits of LTE regardless of whether their location uses the FDD standard or the TDD standard.
Qualcomm said that the B41 band-enabled chipsets with support for LTE TDD/FDD are slated to hit the market later this year.