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.
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.
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 Likely to Side with AT&T and Verizon in Spectrum Fight
The FCC is close to making a final decision regarding how much spectrum to set aside for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction and T-Mobile isn't going to be happy. The FCC has already set aside 30MHz of the airwaves in question for smaller carriers, thereby limiting how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two largest carriers — can acquire.
Ok, let me see if I've got this straight??
they knew the risks and should have been prepared for this.