EVOLVE Member CTIA Active on Educating the Tech Industry on Innovations in Unlicensed Spectrum

September 30, 2015

Tom Sawanobori, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association, appeared on Wireless Week’s web series “Tuesdays with Roger” to discuss unlicensed spectrum issues. Mr. Sawanobori emphasized the ability of new unlicensed technologies like LTE-U to coexist with Wi-Fi, while noting the critical role that both licensed and unlicensed spectrum will play in future technologies. He reiterated the value of permission-less innovation and the consumer benefits of new technologies in the unlicensed space.

On Monday, Mr. Sawanobori released the following statement about CTIA’s participation in the EVOLVE coalition:

“CTIA is a proud member of EVOLVE, which is a diverse coalition dedicated to educating consumers and policymakers about the user benefits of LTE in the unlicensed band. Given that almost 60 percent of wireless traffic is offloaded to Wi-Fi, EVOLVE members are committed to ensuring that Wi-Fi and LTE can co-exist in the unlicensed bands, which were specifically established for spectrum sharing and not exclusive use. The testing proves that the two technologies work well together and that the introduction of LTE-U can actually enhance Wi-Fi performance. Consumers will enjoy faster speeds, lower latency and better coverage from LTE in the unlicensed band. We look forward to working with EVOLVE and other interested parties to make LTE in the unlicensed band a reality for American’s wireless users.”