Verizon LTE-U Small Cell Trials Planned

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A Verizon LTE-U small cell trial looks to enhance indoor wireless coverage and add mobile services in high-density environments such as office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals and university campuses. LTE-U is a version of the LTE standard that operates in unlicensed frequency bands. Verizon said...Learn More

600 MHz Could Support a Comcast Wi-Fi First Mobile Service; Will It?

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News that Comcast may bid  in the upcoming 600 MHz auction illustrates an important decision that all cable companies now face, and it’s a classic telecom question – whether to buy or to build. After dabbling with various wireless strategies in the past, the cablecos’...Learn More

FCC Eyes 5.9 GHz Band for Gigabit Wi-Fi, Sharing with Auto Industry

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Two FCC commissioners who often disagree on policy matters expressed support this week for opening up spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use on a shared basis with the incumbent spectrum holder – the American auto industry. As the New America Open Technology...Learn More

U.S. Cellular VoLTE Launch Aims to Boost Roaming Revenues

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U.S. Cellular VoLTE plans include a launch in one market this year, following trials in three markets, said U.S. Cellular CEO Kenneth R. Meyers late yesterday. Eventually the company expects to expand VoLTE more broadly, said Meyers in a question and answer session at the...Learn More

CEO: DirecTV Content Will Be Part of Stand-Alone AT&T Mobile Video Offering

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In the four months since it purchased DirecTV, AT&T has been firming up mobile transmission rights to popular pay TV content — and that content will underpin new mobile video offerings targeted for launch in early 2016, said AT&T CEO and President Randall Stephenson today....Learn More

Rural Wireless Consolidation: Nsight Buys Spectrum from Three Rural Carriers

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Three small telecom service providers based in northern Wisconsin have agreed to sell spectrum licenses to Nsight. Also based in Wisconsin, Nsight is a rural telecom service provider that owns Cellcom, a wireless network operator that has had considerably greater success in the wireless market...Learn More

Court Delays Sprint WiMax Shutdown

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Sprint will have to keep its WiMax network running in parts of Massachusetts for at least 90 days now that the state has granted a preliminary injunction against the carrier. The move was made in response to a lawsuit filed by Mobile Beacon and Mobile...Learn More

FCC 5G Spectrum Proposal Would Increase Commercial Spectrum Six-Fold

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The FCC is proposing making 3850 MHz of spectrum at frequencies above 24 GHz available for wireless broadband use – spectrum the commission hopes will enable the U.S. to take a global leadership position in the development of fifth generation (5G) wireless communications. Much of...Learn More

FCC Reveals Opening Bids for Broadcast Spectrum Auction

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The FCC made considerable progress this week in planning for the voluntary auction of television broadcast spectrum targeted for next year. The commission released a 230-page document outlining auction procedures and setting specific application deadlines for broadcasters interested in selling spectrum and for wireless service...Learn More

WiMax Headaches Continue With Sprint Lawsuit, 300K Set to Lose Broadband in Claim

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Sprint is facing a lawsuit from various non-profit organizations alleging that the carrier is illegally planning to shut off wireless broadband service to educational institutions and libraries. At issue is WiMax network infrastructure that Sprint acquired when it purchased Clearwire in 2013. Clearwire had cut...Learn More

Deutsche Bank: Dish Spectrum Leasing Could Be an Attractive Option

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The FCC’s rejection of Dish Network affiliate bidding credits in the AWS-3 spectrum auction could actually benefit Dish, notes Deutsche Bank Markets Research in a research note issued this week. The affiliates bid on the spectrum as small businesses, or designated entities – and as...Learn More

FCC to Re-Auction $3.4 Billion Worth of Dish AWS-3 Licenses

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Wireless carriers will have another shot at obtaining licenses in the AWS-3 band now that two Dish Network affiliates have opted not to purchase some of the AWS-3 licenses awarded to them earlier this year. The Dish affiliates, SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless, participated in...Learn More