T-Mobile To Test Mobile TV
Oct 23, 2006, 2:46 PM by (staff)
T-Mobile will participate in a trial for mobile TV service Hiwire beginning next month. Hiwire is testing a DVB-H network in the 700 MHz band in Las Vegas with 3-4 handsets. T-Mobile has been named as a test partner for this service, however they have not signed on to launch with Hiwire. Like MediaFLO, Hiwire owns 700 MHz spectrum in the UHF TV band around the country. The recent FCC decision to allow MediaFLO to begin launching its service before the analog TV sundown should also allow Hiwire to do the same if trials are successful.
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.
T-Mobile Trying to Block AT&T's 700 MHz Purchase
T-Mobile has filed a petition with the FCC in an attempt to prevent AT&T from purchasing select 700 MHz spectrum licenses. AT&T filed a request to transfer the licenses, which cover portions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, last month.
T-Mobile Cutting HSPA+ from Its AWS Spectrum
T-Mobile is more aggressively transitioning its HSPA+/UMTS service from its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum to its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Moving HSPA+ service to 1900 MHz clears up more room in the 1700 MHz band for LTE.
Verizon To Test Spectrum Sharing in Military Radar Band
Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm recently announced plans to test spectrum-sharing technology in the 3.5 GHz band. The band is used for military radar systems, but the FCC believes the band can be shared with commercial uses in some situations.
Tmobile is starting to catch up