Verizon Exploring Possibility of Licensing its 4G Spectrum
Verizon Wireless' CEO Lowell McAdam recently indicated to the Wall Street Journal that the company is giving serious thought to licensing out its 4G spectrum to rural providers. McAdam said the move would help it build out its next-generation Long Term Evolution network to rural regions faster. The smaller regional carriers will have a license to resell Verizon's services, and right now Verizon is open to running those networks itself or allowing the regional carriers to run them. Verizon Wireless is also working out deals that would allow subscribers of smaller carriers to roam onto its LTE network. Verizon Wireless doesn't believe it will make much money by licensing out its 4G spectrum, but does hope to score some goodwill points with the Federal Communications Commission, which is evaluating how to regulate broadband services. Verizon Wireless hopes to launch LTE in 25 to 30 cities by the end of 2010, covering some 100 million people.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
T-Mobile Leasing Spectrum In Effort to Expand LTE Coverage
T-Mobile recently confirmed that it has leased some spectrum licenses to other carriers in order to help expand its LTE 4G coverage. "We're always exploring opportunities to enhance America's fastest 4G LTE network," said T-Mobile in a statement provided to FierceWireless.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.