Broadband Access Coalition Asks FCC for Spectrum for Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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An industry coalition wants access to mid-band airwaves that, according to the group, could support as many as three providers of gigabit fixed wireless service in the same geographic area. The group, known as the Broadband Access Coalition, made a filing with the FCC today...Learn More

Carolina West Wireless Touts 600 MHz Spectrum Win

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Carolina West Wireless issued a press release earlier this week detailing its winnings in the recent auction of broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. The company bid a total of $10.2 million to win spectrum in 32 counties in western North Carolina and northeastern...Learn More

Verizon Pulls the Rug from Under AT&T, Buys Straight Path, Gaining Huge High-Band Spectrum Holdings

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Verizon, not AT&T, will buy Straight Path Communications, holder of a huge amount of high-band spectrum in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands that could be well suited to supporting high-bandwidth 5G services. Just a few weeks ago, AT&T announced it would acquire...Learn More

Sprint All-Wireless Small Cell Improves Indoor/Outdoor Coverage, Will Aid with 5G

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The Sprint Magic Box, announced today, is an indoor all-wireless small cell that uses the company’s cellular network for both the final link to the end user and for backhaul from the small cell to a traditional cell tower, a.k.a. microcell, where traffic is handed...Learn More

T-Mobile 5G Plans Dissent From Rivals: Understanding Mobile 5G at 600 MHz

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T-Mobile said today that it plans to use some of the 600 MHz spectrum that it won in the recent broadcast incentive auction to support a nationwide mobile 5G rollout in 2020. “The best way to introduce a new technology is to use clean spectrum,”...Learn More

Cellcom 600 MHz License Wins Positions Carrier for Mobile Broadband Expansion, IoT

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Regional rural wireless carrier Cellcom confirmed Friday that it was a winning bidder for seven licenses in the 600 MHz auction. The Cellcom 600 MHz wins include five markets in rural Wisconsin and upper Michigan. The FCC released a list of winning 600 MHz auction...Learn More

Fixed LTE in CBRS Band Not Expected to Require Line of Sight for Fixed Wireless

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Rural areas could soon see a jump in fixed wireless deployments once the FCC fully opens up spectrum for citizens band radio service (CBRS). Fixed LTE equipment operating in that band has the potential to offer an economical solution in a wide range of deployment...Learn More

Moffett: At the End of the Day, Cable Industry 5G May Prevail Over All Others

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Speaking at the WiFI Now Conference (Tysons Corner, Va) today, leading telecom industry analyst Craig Moffett had some pretty provocative statements regarding wireless, including suggesting that cable industry 5G efforts may ultimately win, even over wireless carriers. Moffett postulates this idea, while also criticizing the...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

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The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today....Learn More

SRT Market Exit Illustrates Rural Wireless Challenges

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North Dakota-based SRT Communications said today that it will exit the rural wireless business and is encouraging customers to transition to the Verizon network. An SRT spokesperson told Telecompetitor that Verizon is buying SRT’s spectrum and has agreed to improve its coverage in the area...Learn More

About Half of Fifty 600 MHz Auction Winners Are Rural Companies

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AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and T-Mobile were the big winners in the voluntary auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band completed several weeks ago, the FCC announced this afternoon. Fifty 600 MHz auction winners, about half of which were rural carriers, collectively...Learn More

5G Spectrum Drives $1.6 Billion AT&T Straight Path Purchase

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AT&T said today that it plans to acquire Straight Path Communications in a $1.6 billion deal. Straight Path’s primary assets are spectrum licenses in bands suitable for 5G deployment. The AT&T Straight Path purchase will bring those licenses – in the 39 GHz and 28...Learn More

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