FCC Reassigns Satellite Spectrum for 3G
Jan 31, 2003, 12:08 AM by (staff)
The FCC announced on Thursday that 30 MHz of spectrum previously allocated to satellite operators has been reassigned for use by providers of advanced wireless services such as 3G. The reassignment comes after licensees failed to meet FCC deadlines for launching satellites. The 30 MHz is spread across the 1990-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, and 2165-2180 MHz bands. The Commission also gave satellite providers the option of using their remaining 40 MHz of spectrum assignments on the ground as well as in space.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.