LTE-U Small Cell Capital Investment $2 Billion in 2020

By the end of 2020, mobile operators will be investing nearly $2 billion on Long Term Evolution-Unlicensed small cells, Signals and Systems Research forecasts.

Assuming the forecast is directionally correct, the prediction might also suggest that concerns about fair access to Wi-Fi spectrum in the 5 GHz range have been resolved.

LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology uses unlicensed spectrum bands, bonded with LTE channels.

For example, Korean wireless carrier LG Uplus has demonstrated twice the speed of its commercial LTE-Advanced  service by combining 60 MHz of unlicensed 5.8 GHz spectrum with 20 MHz in the licensed LTE spectrum.

LTE-U shipments are expected to grow at an 80 percent compound annual growth rate between 2016 and 2020.
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