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World Wi-Fi Day – Brought to You by Unlicensed Spectrum

June 20, 2016

Written by Shawn Chang, EVOLVE Coalition Spokesperson

Today marks the first ever World Wi-Fi Day. This new initiative is a day for governments, industry, and the public to come together to advance and accelerate affordable connectivity for the unconnected around the world.

But did you know that unlicensed spectrum is the driving force behind Wi-Fi? From Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to wearables and smart devices, wireless products that run on unlicensed spectrum make our lives easier every single day.

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to apply a hands-off regulatory approach to unlicensed spectrum policy over the past three decades is what makes a celebration like today possible. By making unlicensed spectrum available for everyone – using any technology – while lowing barriers to entry, innovators everywhere can all take part in World Wi-Fi Day and continue to research, experiment, and create under the unlicensed platform.

The role of unlicensed spectrum in wireless innovation is also why EVOLVE’s members are committed to preserving and expanding this successful open platform so that new technologies in unlicensed spectrum, like LTE unlicensed, can develop and bring even more benefits to mobile consumers everywhere.

Advocates for LTE unlicensed are advocates for Wi-Fi too. EVOLVE’s members firmly believe that successful co-existence is the golden rule for unlicensed technologies. As such, LTE unlicensed was carefully designed to ensure co-existence, and testing has even shown it has the ability to make Wi-Fi more efficient. To alleviate any remaining concerns, our members are actively engaged with the Wi-Fi community to conduct joint testing, and we expect a workable co-existence test plan that will showcase just that in August.

Simply put, we are unequivocal in our stance that technologies operating in unlicensed bands need to co-exist with and work cooperatively with Wi-Fi – and vice versa. Our members support Wi-Fi and are working hard to make it even better. But we also want consumers to have new choices for products and services to ensure the best possible mobile experience.

So as we celebrate Wi-Fi today, let’s remember that unfettered access to and innovation in unlicensed spectrum is what brought us Wi-Fi and is what will drive many more exciting new technologies to celebrate in the future.

EVOLVE’s Shawn Chang’s Statement on Coexistence Between Unlicensed Technologies

May 3, 2016

Despite some of the rhetoric at tonight’s event, the facts haven’t changed.  New technologies in unlicensed spectrum like LTE Unlicensed will not crowd out or degrade Wi-Fi in New York City or anywhere for that matter.  Multiple tests have shown that LTE-U can share the unlicensed platform with Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies. In fact, LTE Unlicensed actually improves Wi-Fi performance as it works better alongside Wi-Fi than Wi-Fi does with itself.  LTE Unlicensed also means a new choice for consumers.  As a new competitive technological platform to Wi-Fi, LTE Unlicensed will bring higher-quality, more secure and faster mobile broadband solutions.

EVOLVE members are actively engaged with the Wi-Fi community to conduct joint co-existence testing to further alleviate any remaining concerns. We are unequivocal in our stance that technologies operating in unlicensed bands need to co-exist with and work cooperatively with Wi-Fi and vice versa. Successful co-existence is the golden rule for unlicensed technologies and the wireless industry is well-positioned and motivated to ensure successful co-existence.

Shawn Chang on the Role of Unlicensed Spectrum in Driving Mobile Innovation

April 11, 2016

Written by Shawn Chang, EVOLVE Coalition Spokesperson

Throughout my career working in technology policy, I’ve watched mobile innovation transform our world.

From the smartphones in our pockets to the wearable fitness trackers, mobile innovation continues to transform our lives. Consumers rely on the newest mobile products, services, and apps not only to stay informed and connected, but also to bring classrooms to life, connect rural Americans, improve delivery of health care, reduce educational disparities, and create new opportunities to build and grow businesses.

Unlicensed spectrum has played a monumental role in driving mobile innovations. This is in large part due to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wisely applying a light-touch regulatory approach to unlicensed spectrum, making it available for everyone – using any technology – to innovate, research, and experiment. The members of EVOLVE are committed to preserving – and, in fact, expanding – this open and successful platform.

New technologies being developed in unlicensed spectrum, like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), are examples of what’s coming next. They are designed to give consumers more choices in the unlicensed space to meet their mobile needs and can provide faster, more secure, and more reliable network coverage. Multiple tests have shown that LTE-U can harmoniously share the unlicensed platform with other existing technologies such as Wi-Fi. In fact, it actually improves Wi-Fi performance – it works better alongside Wi-Fi than Wi-Fi does with itself.

EVOLVE members are actively engaged with the Wi-Fi community to conduct joint co-existence testing to further alleviate any remaining concerns. We are unequivocal in our stance that technologies operating in unlicensed bands need to co-exist with and work cooperatively with Wi-Fi and vice versa. Successful co-existence is the golden rule for unlicensed technologies and the wireless industry is well-positioned and motivated to ensure successful coexistence.

Over the coming months, I will be discussing the joint testing plans and results on behalf of EVOLVE and its members. In the meantime, I’m excited to be a part of EVOLVE to help educate consumers, policymakers, and the tech community about the value of unlicensed spectrum and its limitless consumer benefits.

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