Straight Path settles spectrum dispute with FCC

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Straight Path Communications has reached a comprehensive settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to the company’s wireless spectrum licenses, the company has announced.

As part of the agreement, the FCC has terminated its investigation of Straight Path, and now the company can move forward with the vast majority of its nationwide 39 GHz spectrum fully intact, and its 28 GHz spectrum unchanged.

Both 28 and 39 GHz, spectrum bands were the recent...

By Telecoms Tech, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Spectrum.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

Telstra delivers on its promise ahead of schedule – opens 4G network to MVNOs

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Last year, Australian telecommunications giant Telstra promised to open its 4G network to MVNOs as of June 2016. In a refreshing outcome, the company has delivered on its promise ahead of schedule. 

Telstra's 4G network reaches 92 percent of the Australian...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

FCC aims to unshackle connected car spectrum

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Managing spectrum allocation is tricky business, you want to ensure it's available where needed to enable innovation, but it's such a limited resource that when it's not being used it must be questioned as to whether it should be repurposed for use elsewhere. 

A pair of FCC commissioners has raised this question during an event in Washington DC

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Regulation, Spectrum.

Fierce battle for 4G spectrum kicks-off in Thailand

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Thailand’s operators are looking to bolster their 4G services as soon as possible, and have battled it out for over 24 hours in a spectrum auction for frequency bands which could provide them with a boost over competitors. In fact, the battle for spectrum has been going so fierce that authorities have been forced to extend the auction to a second day. 

40.1 million...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Three UK reduces indoor blackspots with 800MHz VoLTE rollout

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One of the most frustrating things a mobile user can face is indoor signal, or a lack thereof. Current high frequencies used for LTE in the UK can offer higher capacity, but at the expense of coverage due to how the signal attenuates through walls and buildings. Hutchison-owned network, Three, aims to reduce indoor blackspots through becoming the first operator in the UK to rollout VoLTE using the low 800MHz frequency.

4G Super-Voice (Three's fancy name...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, LTE, Spectrum.

BT merger with EE appears to gain Ofcom support

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Back in February, BT announced its plan to acquire EE in a move which has caused fierce debate between industry watchers and various regulatory bodies. Opponents to the merger primarily highlight the monopolising share of spectrum the combined giants will have. 

As you can see from the graph below, EE benefits from more spectrum allocated to its...

FCC proposes to revamp equipment authorization rules

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Among the FCC’s many functions is one known to a small community of technical experts – the equipment authorization program. These procedures seek to ensure that devices capable of emitting radio-frequency energy comply with the FCC’s requirements as to frequency, power, and other technical properties.

The program is essential to harmony in the radio spectrum. Take...

By Francisco Montero, 03 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Regulation, Spectrum.

FCC raises the curtain on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service

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In a move described by FCC commissioners as a “significant step forward” (Chairman Wheeler), history-making (Commissioner Rosenworcel), and “exciting” (Commissioner O’Rielly), the FCC has opened up the 3.5 GHz (3550-3700 MHz) band for a wide variety of new uses.

The band will now be home to the new Citizens...

By Francisco Montero, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry, Regulation, Spectrum.

Opinion: Why operators are looking at 450MHz for LTE

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The 450MHz spectrum is used around the world for CDMA technology, which is looking to be replaced now we're moving towards LTE. So what is the future of 450MHz, and how can it help the 115 operators in over 60 countries to meet demand whilst cutting cost?

It could be utilised for M2M connections to offload traffic

Due to 450MHz being a low frequency, it can travel much further than the higher bands. This has...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural, Spectrum.

Three's 800MHz and VoLTE rollout increases coverage and call quality

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Hutchison-owned mobile operator, Three, has announced their rollout of low-frequency 800MHz spectrum and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) technology which will begin in September 2015. The announcements will benefit customers and MVNOs which use Three's network with increased rural coverage and higher-quality voice calls.

Three's current LTE network uses the 1800MHz frequency...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Licensing, N America, Regulation, Spectrum.

ABI Research: LTE-A has reached 100m people, set to cross 1bn by 2018

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We might be looking ahead to what 5G should look like, but the current priority is to get LTE-Advanced technology out to as many users as possible. According to ABI Research, LTE-A has now reached 100 million people around the world just four years after its creation. 

ABI highlights that at the end of 2014 there were 49 commercially-available LTE-A networks around the globe. 20 operators...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, LTE, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom takes 'TV white space' prime time

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UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced today the use of 'white space' spectrum in the TV frequency band will be available for use by the industry. It follows a series of successful trials of which TelecomsTech reported on back in October.

Some uses for the spectrum so far...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Licensing, M2M, Regulation, Spectrum, Testing & Measurement, Wireless.

Opinion: Three UK is armed for a Clash of MNOs

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Three took advantage of 3G to become the UK's first commercial video mobile network, and has since kept its image as the underdog which relies on unique offerings to differentiate. Now the UK mobile telecoms industry is set for a major shake-up, and Three knows it has to make preparations or risk being left behind.

With telecoms giant BT set to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Capacity: Delivering app coverage on the road to 5G

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5G may be generating both hype and search engine optimization efforts but, for mobile operators, 5G is already a key consideration in their network strategy and planning. In other words, mobile operators are already on the road to 5G…

There are two recurring concepts that we see when we consider the network evolution to 5G:

  • The first is the concept of app coverage, which looks at network performance and capacity from the user perspective. This is...

By Eric Parsons, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.