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.
Verizon To Test Spectrum Sharing in Military Radar Band
Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm recently announced plans to test spectrum-sharing technology in the 3.5 GHz band. The band is used for military radar systems, but the FCC believes the band can be shared with commercial uses in some situations.
FCC Sets Framework for 5G Airwaves
The FCC today adopted a new set of rules that will govern next-generation 5G networks and technologies. Specifically, the FCC defined and opened up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum above the 28 GHz band.
ITU Inches Closer to Defining 5G Spectrum
The International Telecommunications Union recently concluded the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) and moved forward several initiatives meant to allocate spectrum for mobile broadband. The conference, which recorded some 3,300 attendees, covered more than 40 topics across the gambit of wireless services.
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 Chair Says 5G Is a 'National Priority'
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to push the nation's 5G agenda forward this week by defining the spectrum that the wireless networks of the future will use. "I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications," said Wheeler.
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