Huge LTE Radio Energy Consumption Improvements Loom
Particularly Addressing Battery-Eating VoLTE
Next-generation LTE radios are expected to trim back energy consumption by 50%, a needed energy savings for power-hungry smartphones and carriers eager to embrace Voice over LTE (VoLTE). According to a new whitepaper released by ST-Ericsson
, a slew of design improvements should be responsible for those battery savings, particularly addressing the current problems with VoLTE. Numerous recent reports have highlighted the huge battery drain of VoLTE
, largely due to the lack of active dual-mode operation (current devices have to constantly flip between CDMA 1X and LTE networks). As a result, most companies pushed their VoLTE deployments well into 2014.