The leading mobile operators in the US, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have teamed up to launch a new coalition named EVOLVE that will promote unlicensed spectrum like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA). Qualcomm, Alcatel-Lucent along with CTIA – The Wireless Association and the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) are also the founding members of the new coalition.
The move follows opposition by Google, the Wi-Fi Alliance and cable operators against the LTE-U technology, saying that the unlicensed LTE could effectively reduce the bandwidth avaiable on WiFi networks. Qualcomm, a major proponent of LTE-U and LAA, said that "Operators such as Verizon and T-Mobile have announced plans to deploy a variant of LTE in unlicensed spectrum called LTE-U next year. But organizations opposed to LTE-U are trying to stall these developments, arguing that LTE-U will not coexist fairly with Wi-Fi and even asking the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay approvals for LTE-U equipment."