The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group that certifies Wi-Fi products for interoperability, has highlighted the importance of the technology to the daily lives of Americans ahead of a testing summit that will try to shed some light on potential conflicts between Wi-Fi and a carrier technology called LTE-U.
LTE-U is a technology that some U.S. wireless carriers want to use to take the pressure off their networks – using the same unlicensed spectrum as Wi-Fi networks. While LTE-U proponents insist that the coexistence features built into the technology will avoid any conflicts, critics aren’t convinced, arguing that LTE-U could disrupt Wi-Fi networks.
And the Wi-Fi Alliance – which counts both supporters and skeptics of LTE-U among its ranks – says that the stakes are high. The group’s research, which surveyed more than 2,000 Americans, found that 68% would be “very annoyed” if they didn’t have access to uninterrupted Wi-Fi, and 72% said that their productivity would be impaired if their Wi-Fi access was disrupted.