FCC Agrees to Study Interoperable 700MHz
The Federal Communications Commission today said that it will move forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking about interoperability in the 700MHz bands. It will explore "the potential for harmful interference to Lower 700MHz B and C Block operations if the Lower 700MHz Band were interoperable and whether, if such interference exists, it can be reasonably mitigated." The course of action follows a request made by T-Mobile USA and others who believe that interoperable 700MHz spectrum will lead to better roaming deals and services for consumers. The FCC is also going to investigate rules for flexible terrestrial use of spectrum currently assigned to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) in the 2GHz band. Exploring these options may help increase the availability of wireless services to Americans.
FCC Makes More Moves to Secure 5G Spectrum
The FCC this week laid out plans to ensure that the country has enough spectrum prepared for 5G service. The agency published new rules for millimeter wave spectrum in the 24 GHz and 37 GHz bands.
FCC Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G.
T-Mobile Turns On 700MHz Service in Miami
T-Mobile today said LTE is now available on its Band 12 700MHz spectrum throughout the greater Miami area. T-Mobile is marketing such service as "Extended Range LTE" thanks to the signal propagation characteristics of 700MHz, which travels farther distances and penetrates buildings more easily.
FCC Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the Uncarrier is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction and it will be on the hunt for low-band spectrum. Carter indicated the company has as much as $10 billion to spend on spectrum, though it expects to spend much less than that to get what it needs to expand coverage.