Extending LTE Advanced
to Unlicensed Spectrum

Use Cases, LTE-U, LAA and LWA Technology Solutions, Performance, and Coexistence  


Hosted by:



October 20-22, 2015


Hyatt Regency LaJolla

San Diego, CA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to All IWPC Members


Bringing LTE Advanced to unlicensed spectrum allows operators to better utilize the unlicensed 5GHz band in their small cell deployment through a unified LTE network, and may offer higher network performance as well as an enhanced user experience. This workshop will assess the use cases, technology solutions including LTE-U (based on 3GPP Rel 10-12 and LTE-U Forum spec), and Rel-13 LAA (Licensed Assisted Access), its performance and standards progress. Coexistence with other unlicensed technologies such as Wi-Fi will also be discussed.

Workshop Goals

  • Understand business drivers and use-case scenarios for unlicensed connectivity
  • Assess both LTE-U and LAA drivers, trade-offs, and challenges
  • Discuss and debate requirements, technology innovation, and evolution




October 20

7:00 PM

Registration and Networking Reception



October 21


8:30 AM

Tour Registration




9:00 AM

Bus to Depart for Qualcomm  

9:30 AM

Tour - Qualcomm Labs - Small Cell network, LTE-U and LAA Demonstrations



11:30 AM

Workshop Registration

12:00 noon

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Opening Remarks and Self-Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and show how they can contribute to this process.


1:30 PM

Host Keynote

Making Best Use of Unlicensed Spectrum


Director, Technical Marketing  



2:10 PM

Operator Perspectives

  • LTE-U/LAA use cases, deployment scenarios, services, and applications
  • Technology update
  • Evolution roadmap
  • Required support from eco-system (small cell and devices)

Challenges and Opportunities for Unlicensed LTE


Director Advanced Technology Strategy


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM


Operator Perspectives (continued)


Use-Cases, Technology Requirements, and Challenges


Member of Technical Staff


4:20 PM

OEM/Vendor Perspectives  

Bringing LTE-A to Unlicensed Spectrum: Use Cases, System Performance, Standards, and Coexistence Aspects  


Research and Standardization Engineer 

5:00 PM

Panel Session

  • Drivers and Barriers of LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum

6:00 PM

Adjourn for Day


6:30 PM

Bus Leaves for Dinner

Mister A’s, San Diego, CA  

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel



8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



9:00 AM


Host Keynote


Introduction to License Assisted Access (LAA)  


VP Engineering  

9:40 AM

OEM/Vendor Perspectives and Technology Enablers

  • LTE-U/LAA technology and standards update
  • Performance evaluation through analysis and simulation
  • Coexistence considerations (with other unlicensed technologies and among LTE-U/LAA deployments)
  • Lab and OTA testing results
  • Product considerations

Licensed-Assisted Access

Use Cases, Standardization, Coexistence  


Senior Standards and Research Engineer 


10:20 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM

OEM/Vendor Perspectives and Technology Enablers (continued)

  • Perspectives from Wi-Fi or other unlicensed technologies
  • Status of Wi-Fi deployment
  • Coexistence considerations (LTE-U/LAA/Wi-Fi)
  • Overview of LWA Architecture and Standardization
  • LWA leverages existing or newly deployed Wi-Fi assets for LTE data augmentation
  • LWA deployment options (separate LTE and Wi-Fi nodes, or integrated eNB/AP)
  • LWA can be implemented as a Neutral Host solution
  • LWA avoids the LTE/Wi-Fi coexistence issues of LTE-U and LAA-LTE
  • LWA might be supported on existing eNBs, APs, and UEs via software updates
  • Other options to integrate unlicensed and licensed operation
  • Unlicensed technology evolution

Unlicensed Options for LTE Evolution


 Head of System Concepts & Standards



LTE/WLAN Link Aggregation (LWA) for In-Building LTE Capacity Augmentation


VP, Emerging Technologies

12:20 PM

Networking Lunch


1:20 PM

OEM/Vendor Perspectives and Technology Enablers (continued)

Multi-Band Systems Supporting LTE-U: Co-existence, Combining, and Filtering 


Dir., Tech Mktng & Bus Dev ECS



Before Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) is LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum (LTE-U)


Application Engineer



Testing LTE-U Co-existence  


VP of Product Management and Marketing  


3:20 PM

Networking Break


4:00 PM


  • Coexistence of unlicensed technologies


4:50 PM

Takeaways and Closing Remarks

5:30 PM



7:15 PM

Dinner (Dutch*)
* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine, and (really) bad jokes.


  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking at an IWPC workshop?
  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Friday, October 9th, 2015.

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

    Click on the link below for a short video guide regarding preparing for and improving your IWPC presentation:

    Video: IWPC Speaker Guidelines

  3. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out-of-pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $882 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check. Make checks payable to IWPC.

  5. Hotel information?

    Hyatt Regency LaJolla
    3777 LaJolla Village Drive
    San Diego, CA 92122
    Phone: 858-552-1234
    Hotel Website

    You may call hotel reservations at +1 858-552-1234; please mention 'IWPC' when you do so. The IWPC room block rate is $195.00.

    The cut-off date for reservations is Friday,  October 2, 2015. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    Directions and transportation options will be posted as soon as possible.

  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

    In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “recordings” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

    For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

    You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

    These materials will be included on the IWPC website Research Library.

    Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


    • Go to www.iwpc.org
    • Click on IWPC Activities Tab
    • Under Workshops: Extending LTE Advanced to Unlicensed Spectrum
    • Click on Submit Presentation Proposal. Complete the form and attach your presentation.
    • Once we receive your presentation we will send an email confirmation.