EVOLVE Adds Nokia Networks to Growing Mobile and Technology Coalition

October 26, 2015

Addition further diversifies membership, strengthens EVOLVE for the future

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Shortly after launching a coalition named EVOLVE to promote the consumer benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies for unlicensed spectrum, the group today announced the addition of Nokia Networks to the coalition. The leading broadband infrastructure, software and services provider joins founding members Competitive Carriers Association, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Ericsson, Qualcomm Incorporated, T-Mobile, and Verizon in advocating for new technologies to enhance data speeds and improve coverage for American consumers.

“Nokia Networks is excited to be a part of EVOLVE,” said Al Jette, Head of North American Industry Environment, Nokia Networks. “With extensive experience in issues such as this, we fully understand the importance of consumer connectivity and the need for intelligent government policies that do not hinder the consumer experience.”

Nokia Networks’ addition to EVOLVE helps meet the coalition’s promise to grow while educating consumers and policymakers. The news follows a busy few weeks in which EVOLVE launched a new website, populated its blog, held a call with members of the media, expanded its resource page and touted its seven principles in support of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies for unlicensed spectrum.

Most recently, 4G Americas – a leading wireless industry trade association – announced its support for EVOLVE’s seven principles for continued innovation in unlicensed wireless spectrum. “4G Americas supports the principles and rights behind innovation in unlicensed spectrum and understands its importance for meeting wireless data demands,” said 4G Americas President Chris Pearson in a statement. “Our organization encourages the efforts to develop new and creative ways to maximize the potential of unlicensed spectrum for the benefit of connected users.”

Like EVOLVE’s founding members, Nokia Networks supports Wi-Fi and the critical role it plays in connecting consumers online, but believes that new technologies must also be part of path forward.