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

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