New Coalition Launches to Enhance the Consumer Wireless Experience & Encourage Mobile Innovation
September 28, 2015
EVOLVE will educate consumers and policymakers on the benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies for unlicensed spectrum
(WASHINGTON, DC) – In an effort to constantly meet and exceed the rapidly growing needs of consumers, a mix of mobile and technology companies and associations announced today the formation of a coalition named EVOLVE. Through a series of speaking engagements, dialogue with policymakers, and consumer education, EVOLVE will promote the consumer benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies for unlicensed spectrum like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA). LTE-U and LAA are new technologies that will substantially increase data speeds and improve coverage for millions of Americans. The founding members include Competitive Carriers Association, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Qualcomm Incorporated, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The EVOLVE coalition believes regulators should reject calls to preemptively interfere with new technologies like LTE-U and LAA that enhance utilization of unlicensed spectrum.
Different from licensed airwaves auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and exclusively held by wireless providers, unlicensed spectrum is open to anyone using any technology to experiment, research and innovate. Unlicensed spectrum is used for everything from baby monitors and garage door openers to Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, and soon, LTE-U and LAA.