AT&T in no hurry to test and deploy LTE-Unlicensed
April 1, 2015
Unlike rivals Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS), AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) is not in a rush to trial and deploy LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, according to an AT&T executive. AT&T might use LTE-U, but only if it can assure that it will not harm Wi-Fi, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley, who said that the carrier would be willing to wait for a standardized version of the technology known as a Licensed-Assisted Access.
"We don't have any hard plans to trial [LTE-U]," Keathley, AT&T's senior vice president of network and product planning said in an interview last week withFierceWirelessTech at AT&T's wireless headquarters in Atlanta.