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In-Building Wireless: The Road to 5G
February 2017

The wireless industry is seeing a convergence of licensed cellular frequencies and unlicensed protocols such as LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U), License Assisted Access (LAA), and MulteFire and this convergence should play a major role on the road to 5G. While mobile operators are testing millimeter wave frequencies in the 28-30GHz bands for fixed wireless access in the macro network, 5G propagation indoors will most likely happen within existing licensed spectrum bands and future unlicensed spectrum in the 3GHz-6GHz bands. In this article, we’ll look at the convergence of licensed and unlicensed frequencies as a stepping stone to 5G services inside buildings, and outline possible frequency and infrastructure requirements for transitioning to 5G.

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