The Emerging Opportunity with Unlicensed Spectrum

The Emerging Opportunity with Unlicensed Spectrum

Mobile data growth and consumption are exploding, with exponential growth in both downlink and uplink as 'mobile-first' consumers increasingly download and share data. Operators are not able to cope with their existing allocations of spectrum and hence, also need unlicensed spectrum. New models for spectrum sharing are emerging and driving innovation. As regulators identify and explore frameworks for unlicensed spectrum usage, several new and innovative models are coming up. CBRS is a great example of this new trend. Mobile operators will be joined by new entrants in the form of fixed-line, cable operators, and even neutral hosts that will utilize unlicensed spectrum to launch their services, says Shiv Putcha, contributing analyst, IDC Asia/Pacific.

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Executive Snapshot
New Market Developments and Dynamics
Licensed Versus Unlicensed Spectrum
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Key Drivers and Challenges for Unlicensed Spectrum
Demand for Mobile Data is Insatiable, Prompting New Approaches
Increasing Maturity of Available Technologies for Unlicensed Spectrum
Availability of Spectrum
Technology Evolution for Unlicensed Spectrum
LTE–Wi-Fi Aggregation
Licensed Spectrum Assisted Access
Shared Spectrum
Use Cases for Unlicensed Spectrum
Capacity Enhancement Strategies
New Entrants
Fixed Wireless Access
Private Networks
Neutral Hosts
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