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Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Unlicensed LTE: Can’t we all just get along?

This market study discusses the various types of Unlicensed LTE technology which allow LTE to be used in the unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum band. It also discusses the current controversy surrounding LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U), License Assisted Access LTE (LAA-LTE), the forthcoming 3GPP Rel-13 standard, and LTE Wi-Fi Aggregation (LWA) which is also being considered for standardization by the 3GPP.

The market study also provides a five-year forecast for the number of smartphones sales that will likely support Unlicensed LTE technology.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is Unlicensed LTE?
  • What is the 5 GHz band and why is it important?
  • What is LTE-U?
  • What is LAA-LTE?
  • What is Listen Before Talk?
  • How are LTE-U and LAA-LTE different? Why is it meaningful?
  • What is LWA? How is it different? Why is it meaningful?
  • What is required to deploy LTE-U, LAA-LTE and LWA?
  • When will any Unlicensed LTE technology be deployed?
  • What is the potential adoption by consumers?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Mobile backhaul providers, including telcos and cable MSOs
  • Wired and wireless backhaul vendors and solution providers
  • Mobile OEMs, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Wired and wireless infrastructure vendors, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Financial and investment analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Unlicensed LTE
    • The 5 GHz Band
      • A Quick Aside on Spectrum
      • How Wi-Fi Shares
    • Enter LTE-U
      • How does LTE-U Share?
    • What’s the Issue?
      • Enter LAA-LTE
      • Enter Stage Left: LWA
      • The Cage Match
      • What has the FCC Done?
      • LTE-U Forum and “Evolve”
    • Any Deployments of LTE-U?
      • Future Deployments
  • Timeline for “Unlicensed LTE” Deployment
    • Timeline for “Unlicensed LTE” Smartphone Sales
  • Vendor Profiles
    • Airspan Networks
    • Alcatel-Lucent / Nokia
    • Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
    • Boingo
    • Broadcom Limited
    • Cablevision Systems Corporation
    • Cambium Networks
    • Comcast Corporation
    • Ericsson
    • Federated Wireless
    • Google
    • Huawei
    • InterDigital
    • Nokia Networks
    • Qualcomm Technologies
    • Ruckus Wireless
    • SpiderCloud Wireless
    • T-Mobile US
    • Verizon
    • XCellAir
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Sale of Smartphones in North America Supporting “Unlicensed LTE,” 2015-2020

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Sale of Smartphones in North America Supporting “Unlicensed LTE,” 2015-2020
  • Figure 1: Simplified 5 GHz Band Plan
  • Figure 2: How LTE-U Shares Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Figure 3: 3GPP View of Unlicensed LTE
  • Figure 4: Overview of How LWA Works
  • Figure 5: Sale of Smartphones in North America Supporting “Unlicensed LTE,” 2015-2020
  • Figure 6: SpiderCloud E-RAN System

For additional information on the Unlicensed LTE: Can’t we all just get along? market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.