Making good on the Chairman’s promise, the FCC is looking for input into Unlicensed LTE and LAA.
As we recently reported, when the Commission created the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service which will use the 3.5 GHz band, Chairman Wheeler promised to open a separate docket in which folks could “file their perspectives” on LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology. And sure enough, the Office of Engineering and Technology and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau have promptly issued a Public Notice (PN) seeking comment on “current trends” in that technology.
LTE-U/LAA presents one of the most controversial aspects of the future unlicensed use of the 3.5 GHz and 5 GHz bands. That’s because LTE-U/LAA is designed to use some of that same spectrum, spectrum which is viewed by Wi-Fi proponents as vital to handling ever increasing Wi-Fi traffic.
The PN seeks information on LTE-U/LAA “technologies and the techniques they will implement to share spectrum with existing unlicensed operations and technologies such as Wi-Fi that are widely used by the public.”
The PN suggests ten topics for comment, including:Continue Reading...