Wi-Fi, LTE worlds bump into each other in WIS panel debate
April 23, 2015
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit (WIS) here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
Nobody brought out the fisticuffs, but clearly, the Wi-Fi and LTE communities, generally speaking, have a ways to go when it comes to agreement on the impact and even the motives behind LTE-U. Discussions are ongoing in groups like the 3GPP and IEEE, but those conversations are not always so publicly accessible.
In the session titled "The Big LTE-U vs. Wi-Fi debate: Let's get to the bottom of this," moderator Claus Hetting of Hetting Consulting, chairman of the summit, attempted to do just that. He asked, for example, whether the industry needs a regulatory or other third party to determine or define what is fair use of unlicensed spectrum and what is not.