NTT DoCoMo: LTE in Wi-Fi spectrum shows great potential

“In the hunt for new ways to handle growing data volumes, NTT DoCoMo and Huawei Technologies have demonstrated that LTE can be deployed over 5GHz, which today is used for Wi-Fi networks,” Mikael Ricknäs and Tim Hornyak report for IDG News Service.

“The indoor test found that LTE can work in the 5GHz band at speeds of up to 100Mbps, DoCoMo said via email,” Ricknäs and Hornyak report. “The test showed so-called LAA (Licensed-Assisted Access) can be used to enhance current LTE networks, and also networks based on LTE-Advanced. The plan is to use LTE at 5GHz alongside Wi-Fi networks to improve capacity using small base stations or cells, a scenario where it shows ‘great potential,’ according to DoCoMo.”

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    1. It should be noted that both Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n use the 2.4GHz band, but both are robust enough to accept and overcome interference from the other. 802.11n/ac on the 5GHz band already uses the same interference-overcoming technique; one would assume that the LTE implementation there would have to have some similar technique in order to be viable.

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