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 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.
FCC Lays Out Plans to Auction mmWave Spectrum In Nov.
The FCC hopes to commence two separate auctions for mmWave spectrum in November of this year. Auction 101 for 28 GHz licenses will kick off November 14, with Auction 102 for 24 GHz lenses to follow immediately thereafter.
FCC Targeting November 5G Auction for 28 GHz
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will commence an auction for 28 GHz airwaves as soon as November. Pai expects the spectrum in question will be used for 5G.
FCC Docs Reveal Samsung Galaxy S8 Active with Band 71 for T-Mobile
Documents seen on the FCC web site suggest the Galaxy S8 Active will be Samsung's first Band 71-compatible smartphone for T-Mobile. The government agency recently approved a new version of the SM-G892U, already sold as the Galaxy S8 Active by AT&T, this time with Band 66 and Band 71 aboard.
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