BELLEVUE, Wash. – November 2, 2015 – 4G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G for the Americas, today published a new white paper titled, LTE Aggregation and Unlicensed Spectrum, which examines data offloading from licensed LTE networks to unlicensed spectrum. Recent work by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) on offloading to the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) via LTE and WiFi Aggregation, as well as using LTE directly in unlicensed spectrum, are specifically discussed in the paper.
“The wireless data connectivity demands of consumers and enterprise for the mobile broadband industry have led to innovative solutions for spectrum aggregation,” stated Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. “With limited amounts of exclusive use licensed spectrum, the aggregation options have progressed to include both licensed and unlicensed spectrum to meet societies’ growing connectivity needs.”
The educational white paper explains in detail the recent methods developed within standardization bodies and the industry for data offloading to unlicensed spectrum such as:
“4G Americas believes that identifying and auctioning exclusive use licensed spectrum should be a priority for countries throughout the Americas region. However, licensed, shared and unlicensed spectrum will all need to be efficiently utilized,” added Pearson. “The option of smartly integrating unlicensed spectrum provides a possible solution for a seamless and spectrally proficient method of offloading while using the same core radio technology across both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.”
About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas Through Mobile Broadband Technology
4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of the LTE mobile broadband technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 4G Americas, the voice of 5G for the Americas, is invested in leading 5G development for the Americas and maintaining the current global innovation lead in North America with LTE technology. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. More information is available at www.4gamericas.org. Follow our news on Twitter at @4GAmericas and Facebook at www.facebook.com/4gamericas.
4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, HP, Intel, Mitel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.
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