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The first commercial LTE deployments to use unlicensed spectrum are starting to appear in the US.


  • The combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum promises a capacity and performance boost for today's LTE networks. It is increasingly seen as a foundation for future 5G, particularly in the area of small cell deployments and network densification.

Features and Benefits

  • Track the progress of unlicensed spectrum adoption for LTE, and find out which technologies are being deployed in commercial networks.
  • Understand how vendor support and standardization are helping to drive deployments.

Key questions answered

  • Which technologies are leading the way in terms of unlicensed spectrum band adoption?
  • How are deployments progressing outside the early adopter markets?

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  • Summary
  • Interest in unlicensed spectrum is growing
  • Other markets won't immediately follow the US lead
  • LAA will be the basis for future shared access


  • Further reading
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