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3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support

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Dec 10, 2015, 7:07 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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. Dish says Band 66 is the first asymmetric paired band, which has greater downlink capacity than uplink capacity. Beyond the adoption of Band 66, the 3GPP also said it will initiate a Work Item for a new band that encompasses more AWS-4 and H Block spectrum, also owned by Dish. Dish Networks has participated in a number of spectrum auctions and has amassed a lot of licenses that are going unused. The company won big in the AWS-3 auction, held earlier this year. Today's news puts Dish closer to potentially launching wireless service of its own. "The standardization of Band 66 clears the path for Dish's upper AWS-4 spectrum to be included in the network and device ecosystem for both operators and consumers," said Dish in a statement.

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