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