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.
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.
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 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.
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