FCC Sets New Signal Booster Standard and Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Report and Order concerning the use of wireless signal boosters in the U.S. First, the FCC adopted a technical standard (called the Network Protection Standard) to which signal booster manufacturers must adhere in order to protect the wireless networks they are amplifying. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless, in addition to other carriers, have all consented to allow signal boosters on their networks as long as they meet the new technical standard. Moving forward, the FCC will allow two different classes of signal boosters: consumer and industrial. Consumer devices will be those available for purchase by the general public. In order to use signal boosters, consumers will need to purchase licensed equipment and register their booster with their carrier. The boosters will work on most cellular bands (AWS, PCS, 700MHz, etc.). Industrial boosters, used in spaces such as sports arenas, must be installed and operated in coordination with licensees. Organizations such as AT&T and the Telecommunications Industry Association have voiced support in the FCC's decision.
Review: WeBoost Eqo In-Home Signal Booster
WeBoost's Eqo signal booster promises to improve cellular coverage in your home or apartment. Consisting of a booster and antenna, the whole system fits most average dwellings.
T-Mobile to Buy Layer3 TV and Launch TV Service Next Year
T-Mobile has set its sights on the cable TV industry and hopes to disrupt that market beginning next year. The company today announced plans to acquire Layer3 TV, which already delivers internet-based television service in five markets around the country.
Blu Life One X3 Adopts Metal-and-Glass Design and Packs 5,000mAh Battery
Blu Products today announced the Life One X3, a mid-range handset from the unlocked phone maker. The One X3 has a curved-edge glass screen and an aluminum frame painted in matte black.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.