Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Supports FCC Inquiry into Coexistence Between LTE-U, LAA and Other Unlicensed Technologies

in press-release, LAA, LTE-U, WiFi, LTE

Washington, D.C. 11 June 2015: The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to open a docket which allows public discussion regarding the use of license-anchored technologies such as LTE-U and LAA, and the coexistence between these technologies with other unlicensed technologies, such as Wi-Fi. As carriers look towards moving LTE into unlicensed band frequencies in order to meet increasing capacity demand on wireless networks, it will be important to ensure that coexistence mechanisms allow both license-anchored and unlicensed-only technologies to flourish. The Alliance supports the FCC’s inquiry into this question.

Professor H. Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), said: “The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is comprised of a variety of members that have diverse interests in the communications industry, and therefore it agrees that rules for unlicensed spectrum should be technologically neutral. For this reason and others, unlicensed bands must be preserved as a platform for innovation and investment in emerging technologies, and, furthermore, access to licensed spectrum should not become a de facto prerequisite for deploying unlicensed technologies. The Commission should remain vigilant that license-anchored technologies like LTE-U and LAA do not crowd out widely used, unlicensed-only technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and others.”

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