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Why 5G NR-U is such an ‘important chapter’ in cellular connectivity

Qualcomm: '5G NR-U represents a brand-new field of spectrum' 5G NR in unlicensed spectrum (NR-U) is being finalized for inclusion in 3GPP Release 16, which, though delayed, is now expected to be ratified next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Qualcomm, NR-U is “an...

FCC touts use of 5.9 GHz by WISPs to bolster rural and suburban broadband

  The Federal Communications Commission has been doling out special access to spectrum as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help operators deal with the strains on wireless networks as a result of increased network traffic due to telework, remote learning and...

Wi-Fi Alliance expects more than 300 million Wi-Fi 6E devices in 2021

Wi-Fi Alliance exec: 'Think about what we can accomplish with what we’ve just been given with Wi-Fi 6E' Wi-Fi Alliance’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Kevin Robinson told RCR Wireless News that the Alliance is thrilled about the FCC’s decision to open 6 GHz for unlicensed...

5G NR-U synchronized sharing for more efficient private networks

3GPP including 5G NR-U for 5 GHz and 6 GHz in Rel. 16 With the forthcoming 3GPP Rel. 16, 5G New Radio will be expanded into the unlicensed 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands. Called NR-U, there are two modes of operation: non-standalone wherein operators...

Tech, Wi-Fi companies back broader unlicensed use at 6 GHz; public safety and utilities balk

As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether, and how, to utilize spectrum at 6 GHz for unlicensed use, a group of tech and Wi-Fi companies that includes Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google has thrown its support behind providing additional room for Wi-Fi to grow. In...

Pai puts DSRC spectrum in FCC’s sights

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai called for the re-examination of the allocation of 5.9 GHz spectrum, outlining several options for the 75 megahertz that to this point has been set aside for vehicle-to-vehicle automobile communications. "I believe that the time has come for...

Bringing 5G NR to unlicensed spectrum

5G NR-U can serve operator, enterprise and industrial demands In the context of LTE, the use of Licensed Assisted Access to aggregate licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands is key to helping operators deploy gigabit LTE. In fact, research from Qualcomm suggests that 90% of global...

FCC: CBRS Priority Access Licenses will be county-sized with 10-year term

CBRS rules finalized The Federal Communications Commission has finalized the rules governing Priority Access Licenses for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service at 3.5 GHz, setting the stage for a PAL spectrum auction. The FCC's update to the rules governing CBRS left in place the three-tiered spectrum...

Amazon joins the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Amazon emphasizes importance of spectrum access Online retail and cloud computing giant Amazon has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance as a charter member, adding its backing to the group which advocates for opportunistic spectrum sharing, including unlicensed access, and supports policies such as the use...

Apple to FCC: Keep more high spectrum unlicensed

Apple wants the Federal Communications Commission to make sure that plenty of the so-far unlicensed, very high spectrum bands from 95 GHz to 3000 GHz stay as they are: unlicensed. In a comment with the FCC on May 2, Apple asked the FCC to...

Analyst Angle: Lines blur between cellular and Wi-Fi

  This increasingly variegated platform drives the requirement for coexistence between 5GNR, LTE and unlicensed technologies — close integration at core and even radio level now, and a harmonized migration path both to 5G and future IEEE 802 standards. The two tracks may not converge...

Bringing unlicensed spectrum to rural and regional networks

FORT WORTH, Tex.--New options for utilizing unlicensed spectrum in cellular networks present some opportunities for smaller carriers to experiment with boosting their coverage and capacity, according to representatives from Nokia, Ericsson and T-Mobile US. Steve Sharkey, T-Mobile US' VP for government affairs, technology and...

AT&T, Ericsson, Qualcomm demo LAA small cell

LAA demonstration, which builds on field tests, is set for Mobile World Congress Americas Earlier this year AT&T worked with infrastructure vendor Ericsson on a field trial of License Assisted Access (LAA), which aggregates licensed and unlicensed spectrum to create a wider data channel, which,...

Looking at 5G, seeing Wi-Fi: The role of unlicensed spectrum

WBA sees Wi-Fi as a major influence on 5G visions being laid out for cellular systems What will be the role of Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum in a 5G world? The Wireless Broadband Alliance has put out an initial industry assessment on the part that...

Four paradigms for spectrum sharing

Spectrum sharing looks beyond exclusive-license models for spectrum use Spectrum is a finite resource, and regulators and the wireless industry are always looking for ways to open up additional bands for wireless service use in order to address capacity issues. However, the general consensus is...

Ericsson completes LAA trial with SmarTone in Hong Kong

The vendor said that in 2018, LAA technology will include five-channel carrier aggregation support Ericsson and Hong Kong mobile operator SmarTone announced they have carried out a successful trial of License Assisted Access (LAA) technology in a live, over-the-air demonstration in Hong Kong. Ericsson explained that...

The key role of LAA in delivering gigabit LTE

Take a look at carrier trials that use LAA to push toward the theoretical limit of gigabit LTE As LTE networks continue to evolve toward 5G, the vital role of spectrum in improving end-user throughput is more apparent than ever. Simply put, most carriers don't...

Verizon taps LAA to hit 953 Mbps in ‘commercial’ deployment

Verizon used four-channel carrier aggregation, including unlicensed spectrum, to approach theoretical limit of gigabit LTE Gigabit LTE is a hot topic, but, in live network deployments, peak speeds often top out in the 100 Mbps-range. But, based on the results of a "commercial network deployment"...

5G fixed wireless access in the unlicensed 5 GHz band

5G fixed wireless access is more than millimeter waves In the U.S. market, AT&T and Verizon are betting big on delivering 5G fixed wireless access services in millimeter wave frequencies. But, despite that focus during ongoing trial work, 5G fixed wireless isn't exclusively the domain...

Private LTE as an enterprise and industrial IoT enabler

Digital transformation is a top priority for virtually every industry and enterprise. Supported by a reliable and robust foundation of wireless connectivity, the internet of things is poised to bring new levels of efficiency and sustainability to everything from manufacturers and utilities to airports,...

What is MulteFire?

What is MulteFire?  MulteFire is a technology for deploying LTE in unlicensed spectrum that was developed by Qualcomm. Unlike the strategies of LTE-U or License-Assisted Access, which rely on a licensed spectrum anchor aggregated with LTE in an unlicensed band, MulteFire allows the standalone use of LTE...

Q&A: Fon on Wi-Fi market trends

 Carrier Wi-Fi provider Fon has partnerships with a number of global carriers that enable it to create global Wi-Fi networks and help operators deliver Wi-Fi services. RCR Wireless News caught up with Fon COO Enrique Farfán for a Q&A on trends in the Wi-Fi market:...

Editorial Webinar: Managing Unlicensed Spectrum and Networks

Wi-Fi carries a significant portion of enterprise and consume data traffic and increasingly, voice. Mobile operators are increasingly looking to unlicensed spectrum to supplement their licensed holdings to boost performance and improve experience while keeping costs down. Some wireless networks, such as those of...

Editorial Report: Leveraging Unlicensed Networks and Services

Wi-Fi carries a significant portion of enterprise and consume data traffic and increasingly, voice. Mobile operators are increasingly looking to unlicensed spectrum to supplement their licensed holdings to boost performance and improve experience while keeping costs down. Some wireless networks, such as those of...

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