On the eve of the biggest mobile industry event of the year, one of the more high-profile technologies for dealing with the growing cellular capacity crunch is leaving the lab and making its way out into the real world. The technology, called Unlicensed LTE, or LTE-U, puts the latest 4G cellular technology onto Wi-Fi bands.
Because LTE-U touches both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, influential trade groups from both sides want a say in how the standard develops. They’ll resolve their issues, I’m sure. They’ll have to, because the cellular capacity shortfall is getting worse.
In the meantime, I’ve seen LTE-U in action in a highly dense environment, where the technology should shine. And it does.