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.