LTE-U can be deployed with the existing LTE Advanced standards (3GPP Rel. 10/11/12) in countries such as USA, Korea China, and India. For regions such as Europe and Japan that have LBT channel occupancy requirements, LTE waveform has to be modified. The changes are part of a Rel 13 study item, referred to as LAA – Licensed Assisted Access.
LTE-U has seen a strong industry support with many product announcements, field trials, and demo from leading operators and vendors.
Qualcomm is committed to making the best use of unlicensed spectrum—Evolving Wi-Fi for local access for private and enterprise users, supporting LTE-U and LTE – Wi-Fi link aggregation for operators and more.