As the technologies for LTE in unlicensed bands approach readiness for operational deployment, the use cases and real-world deployment considerations will become more clear and targeted by vendors and operators. This, in turn, will provide more clarity about how the technology will impact the wireless market, and impact incumbent technologies (especially Wi-Fi) in nearby deployments. The recommendation is to update the sections in previous WBA work outlining the anticipated deployment of unlicensed LTE on its LTE – Wi-Fi RAN interworking variations (.e.g LWA, LWIP, MulteFire), and discussing these impacts, in situations such as: • LTE/Wi-Fi RAN Interworking and Carrier Wi-Fi coverage overlapping scenarios, – Indoor/Outdoor deployment, – Macro and Small Cell usage and interaction, – Integrated (into licensed nodes) or standalone unlicensed nodes, • Neutral host support

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Target Audience

Target Audience includes WBA members, Device vendors, device service provider, Wi-Fi advocates, industry analysts, Wi-Fi operators, Cellular Operators, networking equipment providers.

Business objectives

  • Validate business opportunity of uLTE technologies

  • Capitalize on Wi-Fi investments to augment range of services provide to LTE providers as offload

Target Outcomes

In this project, WBA will provide the overview of the LTE Operation in Unlicensed Spectrum (LTE-U; LAA-LTE; LWA; LWA IP; Standalone) including the following aspects:

  • System Objectives

  • Deployment scenarios

  • Regulatory aspects

  • Coexistence topics

  • General description of LTE-WLAN Aggregation and its implications

  • Relation with Carrier Wi-Fi

  • Anticipated Deployment Scenarios for Unlicensed Spectrum LTE Proposals

  • Expected Timelines for the Various Proposals

PROJECT LEADERS

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Keywords

Unlicensed Spectrum, LTE-U, LAA, LWA, LWIP, Standalone access, Policy, Use Cases, End-to-end trial

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