According to a statement released by the FCC, while the LTE-U devices being certified have completely met the requirements set by the Commission, they do not, however, need to comply with the coexistence plan (LTE-U and Wi-Fi) that is yet to be approved by the agency. As noted by TechCrunch, the certified LTE-U devices include base stations from Nokia and Ericsson that have already been rolled out in the field.
With the FCC’s announcement, major US wireless carriers T-Mobile and Verizon are eager to capitalize. T-Mobile has already released a statement, stating that it is already looking to start deploying LTE-U coverage in its LTE network by spring of this year. Once launched, the carrier’s LTE-U offering should allow its subscribers to take full advantage of 20 MHz of unlicensed spectrum on the 5 GHz band.
As for Verizon Wireless, a spokesperson has stated that the mobile operator will be conducting an initial deployment of LTE-U devices and equipment also this spring. According to Verizon, the introduction of LTE-U will allow its customers to enjoy access to data at faster connection speeds.
Like T-Mobile, Verizon is one of the earlier supporters of LTE-U. As a matter of fact, Verizon joined forces with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Samsung in order to form the LTE-U Forum back in 2014. The objective of the forum was to establish standards on how to let LTE-U coexist with Wi-Fi and other wireless tech.
Source: Fierce Wireless