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T-Mobile Gets FCC Go-Ahead For First 5G Devices

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The Federal Communications Commission authorized the first LTE-U device in the 5-GHz band on Wednesday, and T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) was poised to capitalize.

The wireless company immediately announced implementation of its equipment, which was developed by partners Nokia Corp (ADR) (NYSE: NOK) and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and had been tested since December.

LTE-U will provide the capacity to “tap into the first 20 MHz of underutilized unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band and use it for additional LTE capacity,” according to a T-Mobile press release.

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It will not disrupt LTE and Wi-Fi users on the same 5-GHz band. In fact, it was approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a group of LTE-U and Wi-Fi stakeholders who developed guidelines in the fall to prevent harmful interferences among devices.

The FCC approval laid the groundwork to introduce improved speeds this spring and T-Mobile's Gigabit LTE in the near future.

 

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