T-Mobile rolls out faster LTE-U network in select cities
T-Mobile has created a few of network related announcements today meant to bolster its LTE speeds while we wait for true 5G a couple of additional years down the street. The very first of these would be that the business is actually coming out assistance for LTE U, or perhaps LTE Unlicensed, in select locations in Bellevue, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Dearborn, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Richardson, TX; and Simi Valley, CA – with more to come later in 2017.
LTE-U is actually an element of the LTE Advanced standard, which takes advantage of unused frequency from the 5 GHz band of spectrum generally used by Wi Fi routers. The technology combines with carrier licensed spectrum to seamlessly increase throughput using carrier aggregation.
There is no need to switch on or perhaps download something but there’s one crucial caveat: for today, just the Samsung Galaxy S8 can make the most of LTE U.
First Time Available
The FCC just cleared the way for LTE in unlicensed spectrum back in February so this is the first time the technology is being made available to consumers. In addition, T-Mobile also claims it’s completed nation’s first mobile broadband data session live in the field using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network, in which it saw blazing 741 Mbps download speeds using 80 MHz of aggregated spectrum.
LTE-LAA is actually a next generation edition of LTE U which also utilizes the 5 GHz band but can achieve better speeds. This concept is further away from business deployments but T Mobile says it plans to “densify its network with small cells which include LAA functionality starting later this year”.
AT&T Plans To Also
AT&T is additionally pushing forward with the use of unlicensed spectrum at 5 GHz. The company teamed up with Ericsson to conduct its own living LTE LAA field tests, reaching first wireless speeds of over 650Mbps in downtown San Francisco. Earlier, it’d tested LTE LAA at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, reaching download speeds of up to 1Gbps by using LTE LAA in tandem with CA, 4×4 multiple input, multiple output (4×4 MIMO) and 256 QAM functionality.