AT&T, Sirius XM Reach Compromise On 2.3 GHz Band
AT&T this week announced a new proposal to the FCC for rules governing the 2.3 GHz band, in which AT&T owns licenses that it wishes to use for 4G LTE service. The band - also knows as the WCS band - is close to the bands used by Sirius XM for satellite radio, creating the risk of interference. The new proposal is the product of discussions and compromise between AT&T and Sirius XM. If the FCC accepts and implements the new proposal, it will enable AT&T to deploy LTE efficiently in the 2.3 GHz band. The band has been tied up in regulatory disputes since it was auctioned off by the FCC in 1997.
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 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.
Sprint Targeting 2019 Launch for 5G On Its 2.5 GHz Spectrum
Sprint today said it is working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to develop 5G technologies, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard, for Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum (Band 41). Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves offer a massive footprint around the country, making it ideal for providing coverage.
CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction.
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