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Why UL speed is always lesser than DL speed?

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In any technology (GSM/CDMA/UMTS/LTE) UL speed is always lesser then DL speed.

posted Apr 10, 2015 by Chirag Gangdev

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Because UL data is from UE and power is main challenge at UE side, So UE is using only 1 transmitter. that's why UL data speed is lessor than DL data speed

answer Apr 10, 2015 by Deepak Jain
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In addition to deepak answer:
In LTE Uplink is SCFDMA while downlink is OFDMA which is also a factor (only for LTE and WiMax)

answer Apr 10, 2015 by Salil Agrawal
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Also most of the commercial UEs don't support MIMO in the uplink and higher order modulation in the uplink (64 QAM etc.) due to UE complexity and cost. Moreover, I don't know of any commercial handsets supporting DC-HSUPA yet and UL carrier aggregation for LTE. This results in lower speeds in the uplink compared to downlink.

answer Apr 11, 2015 by Faisal Adeem Siddiqui
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