FCC allows LTE-U network testing through Verizon, Qualcomm

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 14:32
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A faster cellular network architecture is en route for your iOS device.

The FCC has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

Qualcomm will now be able to test LTE-U hardware at two Verizon facilities. The firms are among those arguing that LTE-U can be more efficient than regular LTE and won’t interfere with Wi-Fi.


The FCC has apparently invited both Qualcomm and Verizon to demonstrate LTE-U and Wi-Fi operating without conflict in their testing. The technology could also thereotically interfere with other devices using unlicensed spectrum, but Wi-Fi is the most serious issue, given its ubiquity.

Qualcomm has express its concern with the FCC’s choice, but a letter from the standards-setting Wi-Fi Alliance saying it wasn’t oppposed to testing plans. The two parties are in fact working on a “coexistence test plan,” according to Qualcomm, which should form the basis for future lab and field testing.

The Alliance is still concerned about the widespread deployment of LTE-U devices however, and is asking the FCC to examine real-world testing data before allowing products on sale.

LTE-U would be most likely to be seen come 2018 or later.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and Re/code

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