Verizon to Use LTE in Unlicensed Bands to Boost Downlink Capacity

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A Verizon conference call with investors this morning illustrated what are likely to be the key network priorities for the wireless network operator moving forward. Combining spectrum bands using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation, along with network densification using small cells and distributed antenna strategies, were important...Learn More

Wireless Innovation Forum to Study 3.55 GHz Spectrum Sharing

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Aiming to capitalize on the FCC’s proposed Part 96 rules, the Wireless Innovation Forum on February 12 announced the formation of a new committee that will focus on advancing spectrum usage by providing sharing in the 3.55 GHz band. Dubbed the Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC),...Learn More

Could Rural Spectrum Bill Trigger More Big-Carrier Programs?

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Bi-partisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday has the potential to engender more partnerships between major wireless carriers and smaller rural wireless network operators. The legislation, to be known as the Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act, would give three-year extensions on spectrum licenses to wireless...Learn More

Bill Would Force FCC to Study Wi-Fi Spectrum Sharing

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, along with Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee,...Learn More

Small AWS-3 License Winners Include Lots of Big Carriers

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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish Network were the big winners in the AWS-3 auction that closed this week, winning licenses not only for larger “economic areas” but also being among the largest winners of smaller “cellular market area” licenses. The CMA licenses were awarded in...Learn More

AWS-3 Auction Finally Ends, Raising $45 Billion

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The record breaking auction of AWS-3 spectrum is finally over, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at an FCC monthly meeting today. Wheeler did not reveal who the winners were, but he did say that in total the winners bid nearly $45 billion. To put that...Learn More

Public Wi-Fi and Minorities: Study Finds Strong Benefits

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African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to use public Wi-Fi networks and use them more often. Furthermore, they report more in the way of positive impacts from public Wi-Fi use than their Caucasian counterparts, according to a new study from WifiForward conducted by the GfK...Learn More

Telecom 2014: The Top 12 Stories Are All “To Be Continued”

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Telecompetitor covered a lot of big telecom stories in 2014, but there were 12 that stood out in my mind – and I thought readers might find it helpful to see them all recapped in one place. If there is any single common thread among...Learn More

NYU Researchers Claim 5G Wireless Breakthrough

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Researchers at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering are claiming an important discovery that could improve the prospects for 5G wireless communications in high frequency bands. Fifth generation wireless communications is expected to require wide swaths of spectrum in order to support speeds of...Learn More

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