1-Gigabit LTE will incorporate unlicensed spectrum
February 29, 2016
Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERIC) newly coined version of LTE, which it is calling Gigabit LTE because it will make 1-Gbps speeds possible for LTE networks, will probably need to incorporate unlicensed spectrum for most operators to deploy it.
According to Ericsson, this version of LTE will allow operators to deliver extremely fast speeds for tasks such as downloading video or for enterprises looking for fast network access for mission-critical applications. And it will require 60 MHz of spectrum and a robust system of carrier aggregation. To get to that 60 MHz of spectrum, most operators will need to cull together a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum to make it work.
In an interview with FierceWireless at last week's Mobile World Congress 2016 conference in Barcelona, Spain, Arun Bansal, head of Ericsson's radio network unit, said that 1-Gigabit LTE will definitely incorporate unlicensed spectrum. In addition, he believes North American operators will deploy 1-Gig LTE in areas where there may not be as many landline broadband options. "1-Gigabit LTE could offer high speed connectivity. It could be a competitor in some markets," Bansal said.