FCC Proposes to Open 3.5GHz Spectrum to Small Cells
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will allow small cellular sites to provide wireless broadband service in the 3.5GHz band. The small cells will have to share the spectrum with other entities already using it, but organizations such as Qualcomm and the Telecommunications Industry Association applauded the proposal. The FCC still needs to take a number of steps before the spectrum is ready for use, but believes this chunk of airwaves will eventually benefit American consumers. Small cells are highly localized base stations that supplement larger macro cellular networks.
Sprint to Use Cox's Infrastructure for Some Backhaul
Sprint and Cox Communications today said they've agreed to work together to improve one another's businesses. Sprint plans to use Cox's broadband infrastructure to improve its macro backhaul performance, as well as to densify its wireless network through the use of small cells.
Qualcomm Debuts 5G NR Small Cell for Carriers
Qualcomm today announced the FSM100xx, a 5G NR product designed for small cells and remote radio heads. Qualcomm says the FSM100xx builds on its existing Qualcomm FSM Platform for 3G and 4G small cells.
FCC Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G.
FCC Embraces New Auction Rules for Designated Entities
The FCC today formally adopted a Report and Order that makes changes to how small businesses participate in spectrum auctions. The changed rules are a response to Dish Networks' use of designated entities to place bids on its behalf in the AWS-3 auction earlier this year.
2300 (if at&t actually rolls it out)
and those are just bands we use here in the US... add in several more if you want a global phone which will work anywhere. How about we start making more effective use of the spectrum that we have before we start issuing even more of it? If nothing else, this will keep some RF engineers well-employed.