LTE, LAA Coalition Forms


EvolveA group of companies who say they’re working together to make LTE and Wi-Fi technologies more efficient so they can co-exist better has formed a lobbying group.

Called EVOLVE, charter members are Competitive Carriers Association, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Qualcomm Incorporated, T-Mobile and Verizon.

EVOLVE will promote the consumer benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies for unlicensed spectrum like LTE-Unlicensed and Licensed Assisted Access. LTE-U and LAA are new technologies that will substantially increase data speeds and improve coverage, according to the lobbying group.

“Americans need better broadband, and they need it now,” says Qualcomm lobbyist Dean Brenner. He says EVOLVE members are collaborating to give consumers more choice for a faster, smarter, and more seamless mobile experience.

Unlicensed spectrum is open to those who technology to experiment, research and innovate, according to the group. Unlicensed spectrum is used for devices like baby monitors and garage door openers to Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, and soon, LTE-U and LAA.