T-Mobile accuses cable companies of using LTE-U tests that rely on extremes, not reality
August 24, 2015
T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) took a stab at its cable rivals in a recent FCC filing, saying that claims by LTE-U opponents that the technology will adversely impact Wi-Fi operations are based on testing "with parameters set at extremes that do not represent realistic deployments or do not reflect actual LTE-U specifications."
"While cable companies defend these tests by noting that carriers have the ability to adjust LTE-U parameters, the ability to adjust parameters allows a carrier to refine operations based on the environment -- a result that will promote equitable sharing," T-Mobile said in the filing. "Further, LTE-U's connection to licensed spectrum through a control channel allows carriers to better address problems if they should occur."
The statements were made as part of an ex-parte filing after T-Mobile's chief technology officer, Neville Ray, and other T-Mobile representatives met with FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) and Wireless Telecommunication Bureau (WTB) staff. T-Mobile reiterated its plans to begin LTE-U trials in 2016.