TerreStar Wins ATC License from FCC
Today TerreStar announced that the Federal Communications Commission has granted it an ATC license. The ATC (Ancillary Terrestrial Service) license will allow TerreStar to integrate its 20MHz S Band satellite radio frequencies with terrestrial wireless services (in this case, AT&T's). By combining its own S Band spectrum with AT&T's existing wireless network, TerreStar should be able to provide satellite and/or cellular coverage across much of North America. TerreStar has already launched and tested its satellite, as well as introduced the hybrid sat-cell Genus Windows Mobile smartphone. The company plans a commercial launch later this year.
Garmin inReach Brings Satellite Messaging to Your Phone
Garmin this week announced its inReach series of satellite communicators. These standalone handheld devices can also be paired with any Android, iOS or Windows 10 smartphone to provide satellite-based text messaging and GPS mapping on your phone even where there is no cellular coverage.
Straight Path to Pay FCC $100M for Squatting On 5G Spectrum
The FCC has fined Straight Path Communications $100 million for failing to deploy wireless service in accordance with spectrum license requirements. Straight Path is sitting on approximately 1,000 licenses for spectrum in the 39 GHz band, which will eventually be used for 5G.
AT&T and Pine Cellular Seek to Swap Spectrum Leases
AT&T and Pine Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to lease one another's spectrum. AT&T wants to snag a leased license in the Lower 700MHz B Block in parts of Arkansas from Pine.
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.