Behind Bell’s LTE-A Tri-Band Launch

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Canadian carrier Bell is touting its new LTE-A Tri-Band capability, which the company says is the first to launch in North America. The service uses spectrum in the 700 MHz, AWS (2100 MHz) and PCS (1900 MHz) bands, a Bell spokesman wrote in an email...Learn More

FCC Expands TV White Spaces Spectrum

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Wireless Internet service providers that use TV white spaces technology to provide broadband service to rural areas should be able to operate in some additional spectrum bands as the result of FCC action yesterday – although the WISPs also are likely to lose some current...Learn More

GSA: Number of Carriers Offering LTE Rises to 422

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Commercial 4G LTE services are now up and running for 422 wireless carriers in 143 countries, according to the latest update to GSA’s ¨Evolution to LTE¨ report. A total of 106 began offering LTE services this past year, according to a news release. More broadly,...Learn More

TIA: 5G Expectations Include Multiple Spectrum Bands

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Telecom providers continue to be challenged as a result of rapid, ongoing growth in data demand originating from a growing range of connected devices, mobile devices in particular. That’s adding impetus to next-generation 5G wireless broadband research and development. New market research from TIA (Telecommunications...Learn More

FCC Set to Reject Dish Partner Spectrum Bidding Credits

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The FCC is set to reject $3.3 billion in auction credits granted to small companies owned, in part, by Dish Network in the recent AWS-3 auction, the Wall Street Journal reports. The two companies – SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless – would not be able...Learn More

FCC Adopts Rural Carrier Bidding Credit for 600 MHz Auction, Delays Other Key Issues

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Updated later July 16 As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly meeting adopted a report and order that will give small rural carriers a bidding credit in the upcoming 600 MHz auction of TV broadcast spectrum.  Although the commission did not detail the size of...Learn More

Could Wireless Data and TV Broadcasts Share the Same Channels?

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As mobile data usage continues to skyrocket and as the amount of unused spectrum that is ideally suited for fixed and mobile wireless service dwindles, the telecom industry will need to find new ways of maximizing existing resources. With that in mind, there is some...Learn More

Wheeler Recommends Rural Auction Credits in 600 MHz Auction

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Small rural companies bidding on spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum would have the opportunity to obtain 15% bidding credits if a proposal made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week is adopted by the commission. Wheeler’s proposal, which is circulating within...Learn More

Wireless ISP Vivint Pushes Wireless 100 Mbps Broadband for $60/month

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Vivint, a provider of smart home technology, is pushing their way into the broadband Internet access business with a  fixed wireless Internet product that promises symmetrical 100 Mbps. The offer is delivered via a unique hybrid wireless solution, using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Vivint...Learn More

LTE-U Standards: NCTA Accuses Carriers of Circumventing Usual Process

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Technologies that aim to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands could create interference with Wi-Fi networks, argues the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in comments filed with the FCC last week. The NCTA also had strong words for certain equipment manufacturers and for wireless carriers...Learn More

Access Spectrum Electric Utility Deal Reveals Nationwide Ambitions

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Plans could be shaping up for broad deployment of wireless networks dedicated to supporting electric utility companies as the utilities modernize their infrastructure to support the smart grid. The potential enabler of these plans is Access Spectrum, a company Telecompetitor covered 18 months ago that...Learn More

Verizon Rural LTE Program Now Reaches 2.5 Million People

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first heard about Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program, which gives small rural network operators the ability to build out Verizon spectrum in areas where Verizon is not doing a build-out. In a blog post,...Learn More