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Ericsson breaks gigabit barrier with LTE-LAA, in tests with two operators

Deploying LTE, and future 5G, in unlicensed spectrum is attracting rising MNO interest as it could reduce the cost of delivering mobile data, while providing greater control than WiFi. This is especially true of LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access), which still relies on a licensed spectrum host network and the mobile core. That gives it advantages over WiFi and, unlike the emerging MulteFire, which does not require a licensed anchor, LAA is not open to non-spectrum owners to use to encroach on the MNOs’ territory. However, there are still question marks over whether unlicensed spectrum – especially 5 GHz, where LTE will have to coexist with WiFi – can deliver a comparable quality of experience to that in licensed bands. Ericsson,…

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