Who’s worried about LTE-U? Plenty of WiFi experts and major technology companies think that this new carrier technology will interfere with existing WiFi deployments. But Jay Botelho, our director of product management, isn’t so sure it will be a bad thing. Jay explains why he’s not worried about this new development in his latest column in Network Computing.
The LTE-U vs. WiFi Debate
By Jay Botelho
LTE-U, an emerging technology that aims to reduce cell phone data congestion by offloading traffic onto unlicensed spectrum, has been a hot topic in the wireless world. Carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are proponents of rolling out this technology while wireless companies and coalitions like the Wi-Fi Alliance worry that it will degrade WiFi performance. In fact, they have gone so far as to say that LTE-U would be disastrous. Is this just hype, or a valid concern? It may be too early to tell, but let’s look at what we know so far.