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World without wi-fi

Post by Dreamweaver » 13 Mar 2017, 13:23

A new system called LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum - or LTE-U, which depends on a combination of new small-cell towers and home wireless routers - risks congesting the spectrum upon which Wi-Fi relies.

In decades past, the nation's unlicensed airwaves were mostly known for their use by garage door openers, cordless phones, and the occasional baby monitor. Now they're full of traffic from Wi-Fi networks that connect smartphones, laptops, set-top boxes, game consoles, and a whole host of smart devices to the internet. As LTE-U moves in, Wi-Fi may get drowned out.

"Places where operators have traditionally looked to Wi-Fi, they'll leverage LTE-U," said Kyung Mun, an analyst at researcher Mobile Experts.

Developed by cellular carriers and their vendors, LTE-U may act as a disincentive for companies experimenting with Wi-Fi calling, including Comcast, and those dabbling in fibre networks, like Alphabet's Google.

But LTE-U also benefits users. Consumers don't have to type in passwords and sign in to every network like they do for public Wi-Fi hot spots. They can seamlessly move between their carriers' cellular network and LTE-U, and not really know the difference. ... uwfua.html
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