Fitch: AWS Auction Could Raise Up to $18 Billion

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November 05, 2014 — NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acquiring scarce spectrum resources is an important strategic key for many wireless operators and the upcoming advanced wireless services-3 (AWS-3) auction scheduled for Nov. 13, 2014 will allow for gains that could help bolster long-term strategy, according to Fitch...Learn More

FCC: TDM-to-IP Transition Was a Cause of 911 Outage Affecting Seven States

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The transition to next-generation 911 (NG911) emergency services based on IP played a role in the April outage that prevented people in seven states from being able to reach emergency dispatchers, said Rear Admiral David Simpson, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security...Learn More

Consumer Group: Free Up More Wi-Fi Spectrum

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Internet and communications (ICT) providers have long been lobbying the FCC to offer more spectrum. U.S. wireless data traffic more than doubled in 2013 to reach a whopping 3.2 trillion megabytes. There are now more than 336 million wireless connections in the U.S., the American...Learn More

Verizon Rural Partners Offered XLTE Spectrum

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Verizon’s higher-speed LTE service, dubbed XLTE, could be coming to parts of rural America. The carrier has made the decision to make the AWS-1 spectrum supporting XLTE available to wireless operators participating in its LTE in Rural America program, said Verizon Manager of Business Development...Learn More

Wheeler Wants FCC to Study 5G and Millimeter Wave

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants the commission to study the possibility of using millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz to support 5G wireless service. A notice of inquiry about millimeter wave is one of several wireless related documents that Wheeler is currently circulating within the...Learn More

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