Verizon Tells FCC PCS Refarming Won't Negate AWS Need
Verizon Wireless told the Federal Communications Commission in a letter filed last week that it doesn't believe refarming its PCS spectrum (1900MHz) for use with its LTE network will substitute the need for more spectrum. "PCS refarming alone cannot offset the increasing capacity constraints on the company’s LTE network, and thus is not a substitute for additional AWS spectrum," said Verizon. Verizon hopes to convince the FCC that its proposed purchase of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies is necessary. Verizon has met with resistance from competitors ranging from T-Mobile USA to MetroPCS and the Rural Carrier Association. In its letter to the FCC, however, Verizon did say that it plans to do some refarming of its PCS spectrum for use with LTE. It warned, however, that this effort would "be a supplement to, rather than an alternative for, additional AWS spectrum." Verizon said it needs to maintain a minimum 5 x 5MHz channel to maintain current service levels of its CDMA 3G network.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
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.
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's 1900 MHz Spectrum In NYC Now Entirely LTE
Verizon Wireless has completed refarming its 1900 MHz spectrum in the country's largest city, an effort first begun in 2014. The company recently converted the last remaining 10 MHz block from CDMA 3G to LTE 4G, which means Verizon is running LTE on 20 MHz of its Band 2 spectrum in New York City.