The FCC has granted Qualcomm additional authority to test LTE-U with T-Mobile. It had already gotten an STA (special temporary authority) to test the technology with Verizon.
Qualcomm is trying to establish that LTE and cable Wi-Fi can coexist, something cable operators have argued needs more verifying before trusting.
The new authority is for 24/7 tests in Washington, California, Texas and Nevada.
Qualcomm is testing LTE in the 5 GHz band now used by cable ops for Wi-Fi. Qualcomm told the FCC it would "continue to work with the Wi-Fi community to ensure successful coexistence."
"Qualcomm is very pleased that the FCC granted our request and will continue to work with the FCC and other stakeholders to ensure LTE-U will fairly coexist with Wi-Fi," said Dean Brenner, senior VP of government affairs. "We will also continue to collaborate with the Wi-Fi Alliance to develop a coexistence test plan, and utilize that plan for joint lab and field testing."
The FCC approval is not a big surprise. The commission is all about encouraging deployment of next-generation wireless service.