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ATLANTA-- AT&T Mobility plans to start deploying 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum for LTE starting this summer, according to an AT&T executive.
Unlike rivals Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility is not in a rush to trial and deploy LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, according to an AT&T executive. AT&T might use LTE-U, but only if it can assure that it will not harm Wi-Fi, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley, who said that the carrier would be willing to wait for a standardized version of the technology known as a Licensed-Assisted Access.
Spirent Communications introduced Spirent Landslide Diameter, a system that tests signaling protocols at scale so carriers can ensure efficient and optimized Diameter services.
The FCC has promised to make more spectrum available for wireless services like Wi-Fi, and it appears well on its way to doing so in the 3.5 GHz band, along with adopting new sensing technologies to avoid interference for incumbent government radar users.
AT&T says it wants to make it easy for businesses to keep their customers connected with AT&T Wi-Fi--Small Site. Businesses with small locations can self-install the service to give their customers free public Wi-Fi from AT&T, while keeping their internal Wi-Fi traffic separate and secure.
German operator Deutsche Telekom is launching an innovation laboratory, which it calls "5G:haus," in order to team up with research organizations, startups and tried-and-true vendors as it works on the development and standardization of 5G technology.