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.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
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.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.