SpiderCloud is developing a new radio for LTE-U, and trials are expected to start in the third quarter of this year. SpiderCloud said its LTE-U solution will be commercially available starting in early 2017, and CEO Mike Gallagher said he is �highly confident that the Federal Communications Commission will not create regulatory hurdles to the technology,� according torcrwireless.com.
The SpiderCloud radio will support LTE inlicensed spectrum on one band and in unlicensed spectrum on the other. The company said its self-organizing network (SON) software enables its system to coexist with hundreds of Wi-Fi access points.
LTE-U gives carriers a way to keep customers on the LTE network when they enter a building that may not be well-served by the cellular radio network. Small cells can be more cost-effective than other solutions, and when unlicensed spectrum is used the economics become more attractive to carriers.
LTE-U has strong support from Verizon and from Qualcomm, the largest manufacturer of LTE modems. Qualcomm ispreparing to test LTE-U for Verizon in both North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Companies that make Wi-Fi access points haveexpressed concernthat LTE-U will create significant interference with Wi-Fi.