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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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Mobile Future Echoes Importance of Permissionless Innovation

February 3, 2016

This week, Mobile Future, an association of cutting-edge technology and communications companies and a diverse group of non-profit organizations, released a paper titled “The Importance of Permissionless Innovation in Unlicensed Bands.”  The paper emphasizes the key role that the open regulatory framework for unlicensed spectrum played in establishing unlicensed spectrum as the space where innovators could develop new technologies and ideas that have added significant consumer value and benefits to the mobile industry.  Additionally, Mobile Future credits the current policies governing unlicensed spectrum as playing a key role in the United States’ global leadership in mobile innovation.

The paper highlights how FCC policy encouraging innovation in unlicensed spectrum has spurred innovation for over seventy-five years.

“The tremendous number of devices that are today utilizing the unlicensed spectrum bands is a testament to the wisdom of the Commission’s light touch approach. Data from seventy-five years of experience demonstrate that the FCC’s policy of authorizing unlicensed devices to operate without regard to compliance with particular standards or etiquettes, but instead subject only to limits on power and certain operating parameters, is fostering innovation and critical economic growth. Even in an environment which is crowded with devices that have the potential to cause interference to one another, manufacturers have developed distinct technologies utilizing the unlicensed bands that permit wireless devices to co-exist and flourish. The Commission’s record of success in maintaining its flexible approach should be a lodestar when considering new technologies entering existing unlicensed bands. As shown with earlier iterations of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, industry has a track record of working together, without Commission mandates, to promote an environment in which the risk of interference is limited and consumers prevail.”

Unlicensed spectrum is available for everyone and to any technology. As evidenced once again by this paper, unlicensed spectrum is crucial to the growth of mobile communications and to spurring new consumer products and services.  The current regulatory framework works.  It has allowed tremendous innovations, investment in new technologies and new consumer benefits.

EVOLVE and its members are working to preserve the current unlicensed policy framework so that new technologies like LTE unlicensed can develop and bring new benefits to mobile consumers everywhere.

You can access the full paper here.

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