LightSquared Wants FCC to Compensate It with Spectrum
LightSquared today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to either allow it to operate its LTE network as planned or give it new spectrum on which it can operate its network. LightSquared said today that it will fight the FCC's decision to prevent LightSquared from building an LTE network in the L-band satellite spectrum. The FCC believes LightSquared's network poses too great a risk to nearby GPS spectrum. LightSquared believes that if the FCC won't let it move forward with its L-band spectrum, then the CC should reassign another block of spectrum to LightSquared so that it can build and operate its LTE network. "They can’t just leave us without some alternative to build a network," said Jeff Carlisle, the company's EVP for regulatory affairs and public policy. The company has hired lawyers to help it reverse the FCC's decision. Meanwhile, LightSquared's network and wholesale partners, including Sprint, have begun to abandon the company.
T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi.
Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.
Sprint to Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Sprint today said it will not participate in the 600MHz reverse auction planned for next year. The company believes its spectrum position is "sufficient to provide its current and future customers great network coverage." Sprint owns significant amounts of spectrum, but much of it is concentrated in the 2.5GHz range.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
Ok, let me see if I've got this straight??
they knew the risks and should have been prepared for this.