LTE-U Equipment Approvals May Usher in Wireless Gigabit Era

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The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has authorized the first LTE for unlicensed (LTE-U) devices in the 5 GHz band. As with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the FCC requires LTE-U devices to prevent interference as well as accept any harmful interference they receive.  The OET approvals come after some industry opposition had raised concerns regarding interference and congestion in the 5 GHz band.  Verizon and T-Mobile are among the first wireless providers to use LTE-U technology to deliver higher speed LTE to markets around the country.

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