What is Carrier Aggregation?

Carrier aggregation is a major component of LTE-Advanced, more commonly referred to as LTE-A. It enables wider transmission bandwidths not previously supported in 3GPP Release 8 or 9. Carrier aggregation allows expansion of effective bandwidth delivered to a user terminal through simultaneous utilization of radio resources across multiple carriers; the multiple carriers are aggregated to form an overall larger bandwidth.

Why Carrier Aggregation?

Carrier aggregation enables high data rates by aggregating multiple Release 8 carriers to support transmission bandwidths of up to 100 MHz. It provides the following advantages:

* Backward compatibility with release 8 and 9 capabilities

* Dynamic scheduling over different carriers to mitigate varying channel conditions

* Higher throughput rates

* A practical solution for the LTE spectrum fragmentation issue

Carrier Aggregation Supported Mobile Phone

Apple: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S plus.

HTC: One (M9)

Huawei: Ascend Mate 7, Honor 6, Honor 6 Plus, Nexus 6P, P8max

LG: LG G Flex 2, G4, Nexus 5X

Motorola: Moto X Style

Microsoft/Nokia: Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL

Samsung: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy A8, Galaxy S5 LTE+, Galaxy X5 Neo, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+

Sony: Xperia Z3+/Z4, Xperia Z5(E6653)

Carrier Aggregation Supported LTE Stick

Search online for a lot of time, but still don’t find any LTE stick that could support carrier aggregation. If you know any, please feel free to comment here. Thanks!

Carrier Aggregation Supported Mobile Hotspot

Huawei: Huawei E5786s-32a, E5786s-63a, E5786s-62a

ZTE: ZTE Flare, ZTE MF970

Netgear: Aicard 790S, Verizon Jetpack® 4G LTE mobile hotspot AC791L

Alcatel: Alcatel one touch link Y900

Carrier Aggregation Supported Gateway

Huawei: Huawei E5186s-22a, E5186s-61a, E5175


Do you know any LTE devices that support carrier aggregation? Just comment here. Thanks!

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