When Will We Need New TV White Spaces Standard?

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A new IEEE standard designated 802.19.1 aims to fix what for now is a minor flaw in TV white spaces broadband technology, but which could become more problematic in the future as the technology is more widely deployed. When technologists figured out how to use...Learn More

Rice University: UHF Wireless Data Can Go Fast and Far

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Researchers from Rice University’s Wireless Network Group have developed a wireless means of sending lots of data fast and far using a multi-user, multi-antenna transmission system over UHF frequency bands typically used for television broadcasts. Leveraging several different technologies that are widely used for wireless...Learn More

Sprint Adds Rural LTE Roaming and SMART Partners

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Sprint rural LTE initiatives are making significant progress. The company said last Friday that it has added 15 rural and regional LTE roaming partners, bringing its total to 27. In the same announcement, NetAmerica CEO Roger Hutton revealed that his company has signed preliminary agreements...Learn More

IEEE ComSoc: 5G Wireless Demos Use High Frequencies

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With emerging next-generation 5G wireless technology generating strong interest among communications technology professionals, the IEEE Communications Society has issued a review of preliminary 5G wireless channel models. The report also includes news of live 5G network test results, 5G’s role in emerging telecom architectures, and...Learn More

FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

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With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently...Learn More

Wireless M&A and U.S. Mobile Market Stability

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If the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Sprint and T-Mobile US to bid jointly on spectrum, what are the odds the FCC will allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? “We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation...Learn More

A Verizon/ Dish Spectrum Deal Would Be Good for Verizon, But What About Dish?

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The New York Post, citing unnamed sources, has reported that Verizon is talking with Dish Network about the possibility of buying Dish’s AWS spectrum. But while such a deal would make sense for Verizon, the potential benefits for Dish are not so clear. Verizon/ Dish...Learn More

CEA Estimates $62 Billion Economic Impact of Unlicensed Spectrum Yearly

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A key to ongoing innovation and evolution of a wireless “ecosystem,” unlicensed spectrum generates some $62 billion a year for the U.S. economy, according to a new market research report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Offering an easily accessible, low-cost means of making use...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Half of Base Chooses FiOS Bandwidth Upgrade

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Half of Verizon FiOS Internet customers have opted for a FiOS bandwidth upgrade, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today. Verizon uses the brand name Quantum for its higher-speed data services, which offer data rates as...Learn More

Verizon XLTE Service Claims Doubled Data Rates

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Verizon Wireless is claiming double the bandwidth for the AWS-based LTE capability it has rolled out in more than half of its LTE markets under the brand name XLTE. When asked for specifics, a Verizon spokeswoman said, “We are still focused on our brand promise...Learn More

Wheeler on 600 MHz Spectrum Auction: Anyone Can Bid on Any Area

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As expected, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today circulated a draft of an order that would limit participation by the nation’s largest wireless network operators AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction of TV broadcast airwaves, which will be re-purposed for mobile broadband...Learn More

FCC Proposes Spectrum Sharing Plan for 3550-3700 MHz Band

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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to provide more spectrum for general consumer use, carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services, and other innovative uses, through the creation of a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The Commission proposed rules for...Learn More