FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed...Learn More

GSA: 460 LTE Deployments Forecast by Year-End 2015

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GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) reports that 393 wireless network operators have launched commercial 4G LTE services in 138 countries – 107 of them introducing LTE service in the past year. In its latest update GSA reports that 644 network operators across 181 countries are investing...Learn More

LightSquared Poised to Re-Emerge: What’s In Store?

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LightSquared is poised to emerge from bankruptcy with $1.25 billion in operating funds, according to news reports. And the company apparently is still hoping to pursue its plan to deploy wireless broadband service. LightSquared’s latest move is to ask the FCC to transfer its spectrum...Learn More

ISO Approves the Award-Winning IEEE 802.22™-2011 Standard to Provide Broadband Connectivity to Rural and Underserved Global Communities

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 8 April 2015 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the recipient of the IEEE Emerging Technology Award, IEEE 802.22™-2011 “Standard for Information Technology– Local and Metropolitan Area Networks,” has been approved to...Learn More

AT&T vs. TV White Spaces: Parsing a Blog Post

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In today’s world of online corporate blogs, it’s important to keep in mind that although such blogs can inform us, the authors typically aren’t journalists and aren’t always out to provide the full story on an issue. These thoughts came to mind as I read...Learn More

CCA’s Berry: FirstNet Public Safety Network Presents Rural Carrier Opportunities

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FirstNet, the nation’s planned mobile broadband public safety network offers significant opportunities for rural wireless network operators, according to Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association. “My suggestion to carriers is ‘this is an opportunity you have to be part of,’”...Learn More

FCC Poised to Require Military Users to Share Spectrum with Broadband Providers

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The FCC is poised to adopt a spectrum sharing plan that could make 150 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband on a nearly nationwide basis. The spectrum lies in the 3550-3700 MHz band currently used by army and navy radar in limited geographic areas,...Learn More

LTE-U and Wi-Fi: What Carriers Need to Know

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Some wireless carriers including Verizon have big plans for LTE- Unlicensed (LTE-U), also known as licensed assisted access (LAA). What do network operators need to know about this technology? The most important thing is that the technology uses a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum....Learn More

On Five Year Anniversary, National Broadband Plan Author Discusses Progress, Challenges

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Five years after Blair Levin (then with the FCC) and his team completed the National Broadband Plan, significant progress has been made in meeting some of the plan’s goals, including freeing up spectrum for broadband, said Levin in an interview yesterday. Some other areas, including...Learn More

Globalstar: Licensed/ Unlicensed TLPS Wireless Broadband Passes Tests

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Satellite service provider Globalstar this month came a step closer to realizing its vision for a new terrestrial wireless broadband offering that would use a combination of licensed and unlicensed technology. The company says that testing under the observation of the FCC’s Office of Engineering...Learn More

LoRaWAN Wireless Technology Targets M2M, Telecom Providers

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IBM hopes telecom service providers will be a key market for a new wireless communications technology designed specifically for machine-to-machine communications, said Thorsten Kramp, master inventor for IBM Research, in an email to Telecompetitor. The technology, known as LoRaWAN (for Long Range wide-area networks), works...Learn More

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