ICYMI: EVOLVE Members Address Questions on New Unlicensed Technologies

October 7, 2015

Earlier this week, David Young, Vice President of Public Policy at Verizon, posted “LTE-U: Frequently Asked Questions” on the Verizon Policy Blog. Addressing several questions on LTE-U and Wi-Fi coexistence, he said: 

“LTE-U was designed from the ground up to play nicely with Wi-Fi. Extensive testing has shown that adding a new Wi-Fi hotspot actually causes more interference to existing Wi-Fi than adding an LTE-U node would cause. … LTE-U is actually extremely polite. … As long as a new device meets certain basic rules – which LTE-U does – it can freely operate in unlicensed bands.” Read More 

A few days prior, Stacey Black, Assistant Vice President – Federal Regulatory at AT&T, posted “Supporting Innovation in Unlicensed Bands” on the AT&T Public Policy Blog. Stressing the importance of coexistence for technologies operating on unlicensed bands, he said:

“First, as to the rules, the FCC’s regulations for unlicensed devices were written to encourage free and permission-less innovation. As long as a device meets certain minimum technical standards, it is permissible.  Both new unlicensed technologies [LTE-U and LTE-LAA] are being designed to meet those standards. Second, and more importantly, LTE technology is specifically being developed to coexist with other unlicensed technologies and devices. … It would run directly contrary to wireless industry interests to introduce new technologies that will cause interference with those Wi-Fi operations.” Read More

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