WCDMA 900 Passes First Test
Jan 25, 2006, 11:53 AM by (staff)
Nortel and Orange have just finished testing both 3G calls and data transfers in the 900 MHz spectrum used widely outside of North America. The tests used HSDPA equipment and were able to complete data transfers at up to 3.6 Mbps, the current speed limit for such equipment. While Europe and Asia has dedicated 3G spectrum, it is in the 2100 MHz and does not penetrate buildings or cover large undeveloped areas very well. 900 Mhz spectrum would allow carriers to provide 3G coverage to rural areas with far fewer cell sites. As more subscribers upgrade to 3G service, Orange and other carriers could clear off some 900 Mhz spectrum in order to launch a second band. The carrier has not announced when this may happen yet.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
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.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
T-Mobile today said it plans to use some of its recently acquired 600 MHz spectrum to support a future 5G network. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC earlier this year.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.
much like cingular's dual band 3g network