Trending: Network Performance News This Week, November 29-December 5, 2015

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This week's roundup of telecom news touches on mobile network expansion in India, U.S. mobile operator plans for 5G, types of use cases for 5G, drivers for voice over LTE (VoLTE) and LTE-A Pro, and what's behind the positive market outlook for small cells. 

Bharti Airtel to invest $9 billion in India
Bharti Airtel's Project Leap initiative includes investing $9 billion over the next three years on mobile and fixed network infrastructure expansion—including more than 70,000 base stations by end of March 2016. RCR Wireless article

In-depth: State of 5G for the big four carriers
The four major U.S. mobile carriersVerizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprintare far apart on agreeing when and how 5G will become a reality. RCR Wireless article

Three types of 5G use cases
Qualcomm's vision for 5G includes three main types of use cases: mission-critical services and control, IoT services, and enhanced mobile broadband. RCR Wireless article

Ofcom report – the case for VoLTE and more indoor solutions
The mobile voice and data section of Ofcom's Connected Nations report includes observations about mobile data usage growth, declines in SMS and MMS messages, drivers for LTE and VoLTE coverage, increase in deployed femtocells, and the need for better indoor and rural coverage. The Mobile Network article

The return of 4.5G – Why LTE-A Pro is more than just a silly nameMost operators agree that 4.5G is a real thing; it's about specific technologies, use cases, and service & business requirements. But, there's still work to be done to make it a viable reality. Fierce Wireless article.  

New Backhaul Report Explains Small Cell Growth
A recent Mobile Experts report predicts small cell growth will be driven mostly by a surge in deployment of non-line of sight backhaul. TMCnet Mobility Techzone article

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