Mobile deploys LTE-U technology

T-Mobile launching LTE-U in spring 2017 to increase LTE capacity

The basic idea behind LTE-U (and related techniques called License Assisted Access and MuLTEfire) is that some frequencies in the 5 GHz band used by Wi-Fi routers were going unused.

Carriers have seen a sharp increase in mobile broadband use with the rise of smartphones and data-heavy applications like video streaming.

LTE-U won't expand a given carrier's coverage, but it aims to improve LTE service in crowded areas like offices, stadiums, and denser city environments. WiFi broadcasts over unlicensed airwaves, searching for an open channel before broadcasting. It will, however, accomplish this by utilizing the rather controversial LTE-U spectrum that has divided the tech community for quite some time. In other words, they will get more LTE capacity. Essentially, both WiFi and LTE industry players have said it's ok, and the FCC is happy with that. "LTE-U allows wireless providers to deliver mobile data traffic using unlicensed spectrum while sharing the road, so to speak, with Wi-Fi. This is an example of yet another great innovation using unlicensed spectrum".

Pai added the technology will also be a boon for wireless consumers, who will "enjoy the best of both worlds: a more robust, seamless experience when their devices are using cellular networks and the continued enjoyment of Wi-Fi, one of the most creative uses of spectrum in history". If not for the controversy over potential interference, T-Mobile likely would have deployed LTE-U much earlier.

'The Elder Scrolls Online's' Homestead Update is now available on Xbox One
The Elder Scrolls Online is heading deep into the nostalgia mines this June, with the release of the Morrowind based expansion. Bethesda claims that the main story will take over 30 hours to complete, and that players will be able to play as a new class.

This spring, cellphone carriers such as T-Mobile plan to start supporting a new kind of mobile data.

T-Mobile has spent three years of "extensive research, development, and testing" to make sure that this new technology can still work with others like Wi-Fi.

According to Hot Hardware, this will allow T-Mobile to provide a basis for its plans to blanket the country with Gigabit LTE, offering even faster speeds on its nationwide wireless network.

In a statement, the WiFi Alliance said it was encouraged that all sides involved have developed a way to coexist, but urged carriers to continue holding up their end of the deal.

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