FCC Grants 6-Month Delay for Certain 700MHz Deployments
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that is has extended the interim construction deadline for all Lower 700MHz band A Block licensees until December 13, 2013. The original deadline, which was imposed by the FCC in order to ensure speedy construction of networks in those spectrum blocks, had been set for June 13, 2013. Carriers now have a six-month reprieve. The FCC is taking this action while it continues to explore interoperability issues in the Lower 700MHz band, which it set out to do in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announced last year. Due to the way the 700MHz spectrum blocks were auctioned off, it is not possible for devices from some carriers to roam onto the LTE networks of other carriers. Some smaller providers have filed petitions asking the FCC to mandate interoperability. The FCC has yet to rule on the matter.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.
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.
T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the Uncarrier is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction and it will be on the hunt for low-band spectrum. Carter indicated the company has as much as $10 billion to spend on spectrum, though it expects to spend much less than that to get what it needs to expand coverage.
FCC Finalizes 30MHz Reserve for 600MHz Auction
The FCC today formally rejected T-Mobile's bid to set aside more low-band spectrum for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction. T-Mobile wanted to see a total of 40MHz of the valuable low-band airwaves set aside for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.