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Ericsson pushes plan to send wireless apps over unlicensed 5GHz spectrum

Matt Hamblen | Jan. 6, 2015
Picocell device that uses Licensed Assisted Access and costs US$2,000 is expected later in 2015.

Even though 5G wireless is not a recognized specification of any technology authority, networking vendors are working to boost over-the-air speeds to 5Gbps, five times faster than Google Fiber's 1Gbps wired connections and more than 200 times faster than many of today's standard LTE connections, which can range from 5Mbps up to 100Mbps.

Ericsson said it ran a test last summer that achieved a 5Gbps wireless connection. Many other vendors such as Huawei, ZTE, Cisco and Qualcomm are working on 5G technologies.

Ericsson said it believes it will be the first to market with a commercial launch of an LAA device this year. LAA, sometimes referred to as "unlicensed LTE at 5 GHz" will reportedly be used by T-Mobile, possibly in 2015, according to a report from Dec. 17 by Fierce Wireless.


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