Verizon to trial LTE-U system

11 February 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe

Verizon has announced plans to trial a LTE-Unlicensed system to enhance capacity over the unlicensed 5GHz band.

The operator aims to boost indoor mobile capacity in high-density locations by strengthening its partnership with small cell provider, SpiderCloud. 

SpiderCloud’s LTE-U enterprise radio access network (E-RAN) offers improved performance in busy locations. LTE-U increases the bandwidth of LTE networks by aggregating carriers in licensed and unlicensed frequency bands, including those used for WiFi networks.

As a result, the WiFi industry is worried that LTE-U might interfere with WiFi-based services. However, SpiderCloud said its LTE-U solution comes with “self-organising network (SON) software to ensure that LTE-U coexists with WiFi”.

“SpiderCloud has deployed and demonstrated its dual-carrier LTE in-building solution at Verizon’s enterprise customer locations across the country,” said Adam Koeppe, vice president of network planning, Verizon.

Verizon plans to conduct the trial in the third quarter this year.

The news comes after Verizon recorded a subscriber increase in Q4 2015.