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From LTE-U/LAA to 5G Spectrum SharingFrom LTE-U/LAA to 5G Spectrum Sharing

The evolution of spectrum sharing into the 5G era.

Dean Brenner

May 17, 2018

7 Min Read
From LTE-U/LAA to 5G Spectrum Sharing

February 22 is a big date in the history of mobile broadband for several reasons. On that date last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the first devices using LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed), a new technology that brought the benefits of LTE cellular technology into unlicensed spectrum, enabling consumers to enjoy better, faster mobile broadband. Actually, the FCC had approved the first devices using a sister technology, Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), on September 23, 2016. Using unlicensed spectrum for 4G with LTE-U/LAA is working extremely well for consumers -- as seen in New York and Chicago -- and that's just the beginning. We're developing even more advanced techniques to use unlicensed and shared spectrum to enable better, faster 5G for consumers too.

About the Author(s)

Dean Brenner

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Mr. Brenner is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He directs Qualcomm's initiatives relating to spectrum and telecommunications policy in North America. He represents Qualcomm before the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies of the United States and Canadian governments responsible for spectrum and telecommunications policy. In addition, he is responsible for global spectrum acquisitions and strategy for Qualcomm.

Mr. Brenner was responsible for obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to launch Qualcomm's MediaFLO USA mobile TV network, which is now the largest mobile broadcast network in the world. In addition, he led Qualcomm's bidding team in recent spectrum auctions in the United States (the 700 MHz band) and the United Kingdom (the L Band). He also lead Qualcomm's bidding team in a recent procurement reverse auction held in Spain. He has spoken at conferences on spectrum policy issues in the United States, South Korea, Belgium, Great Britain, and elsewhere around the world. He joined Qualcomm in November 2003.

Before joining Qualcomm, Mr. Brenner was a partner in the Washington, DC-based law firm he co-founded, Crispin & Brenner, P.L.L.C., where he specialized in telecommunications law and litigation. Mr. Brenner handled a number of major FCC-related cases in the wireless, mass media, and wireline businesses, both before the FCC and in federal and state courts around the country. He began his career at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in August 1985 as an associate. He became a partner at that firm, where he practiced telecommunications law and litigation.

Mr. Brenner received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude with distinction in public policy studies, from Duke University in 1982. He won a prize for the best paper on communications policy, and he was a recipient for four years of a CBS Scholarship. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1985. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C., Third, and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Field School and the Advisory Board for Jewish Life at Duke University. Mr. Brenner is married and has two children.

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