Tragedies of the Spectrum Commons

The Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U disagreement continues to rage, despite efforts by both sides to reach a détente. The Wi-Fi Alliance and the LTE-U Forum held an event last Friday on…

October 1, 2015 0

Dino Flore, Chairman of the 3GPP RAN Group

You can take your smartphone anywhere in the world, pop in a new SIM card, and it will just work. That’s not just some happy accident; that’s the result of…

August 11, 2015 0

Three Intriguing Tales and a Bonus

I wanted to write about three stories that were in the news today, and since I can choose just one you’re going to get all three. They all have something…

August 6, 2015 0

Can LTE Unlicensed Steamroll Wi-Fi?

A recent article in Washington Post seems to be confusing people. In “The future of mobile data pits cellphone carriers against cable giants,” Brian Fung claims, among other things, that…

July 7, 2015 0

5G: A Revolution in Networking

A couple of weeks ago I went to the ATIS 5G Symposium in Chicago held in conjunction with the Light Reading Big Telecom Event. ATIS is the chief organization of…

June 23, 2015 0

Unlicensed Spectrum is Important

For part 2 of our spectrum infographic series, we’d like to discuss a little more about why unlicensed spectrum is so important, and what the difference is between LTE-unlicensed and…

June 15, 2015 0

How LTE Unlicensed Actually Works

The issue of LTE Unlicensed is a hot topic in spectrum policy circles, but there’s a lot of confusion about the pros and cons of LTE-U technology. So High Tech…

June 12, 2015 0

No Way to Run a Railroad

Spectrum is valuable, that much is certain. Exactly how valuable it is is a matter for economic analysis at a level that exceeds my knowledge of economics by an enormous…

May 23, 2015 0

Why LTE Unlicensed Outperforms Wi-Fi

The hottest issue in unlicensed wireless spectrum policy is the conflict between Wi-Fi and LTE Unlicensed (“LTE-U”). Some advocates are pressing for restrictions on LTE-U, even going to far as…

May 12, 2015 0

What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum?

Ask the Engineer: What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum? Answer: Wi-Fi is a particular service that uses unlicensed spectrum, but there are others as well. As the FCC…

March 17, 2015 0