FCC Carves Out 65MHz of AWS-3 Spectrum for Broadband
The Federal Communications Commission today formally adopted a Report and Order that sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for a 65MHz swatch of spectrum. The spectrum rests in the AWS-3 band, which includes 1695-1710MHz, 1755-1780MHz, and 2155-2180MHz. According to the FCC, the Report and Order divvies the spectrum up into "a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes to meet the needs of large and small wireless providers." The FCC is requiring that all AWS-3 devices be interoperable in the defined AWS-3 spectrum bands, and that AWS-3 devices also be interoperable with AWS-1 spectrum. Some of the 65MHz set aside for mobile broadband will be shared initially with incumbent federal agencies that already use the spectrum while they transition to other frequencies. The FCC has not yet decided on a timeline for auctioning off the AWS-3 spectrum.
AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Over, Bids Total $44.89 Billion
The FCC today said Auction 97, which covered blocks of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, is now over. It received a final bid today for the 1695-1710MHz unpaired spectrum band just a day after it closed bids for the G, H, I, and J paired spectrum blocks.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66
FCC documents indicate that the LG V20 variants for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile will be the first phones to support LTE in the new band 66. Band 66 includes the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 frequencies.
3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support
Dish Networks today said the 3GPP has approved the designation of Band 66, which encompasses a significant swath of AWS spectrum owned by Dish. Specifically, Band 66 pairs 70 MHz of uplink spectrum with 90 MHz of downlink spectrum in the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 bands.