Lightsquared Moves Forward with Spectrum Plans
Lightsquared today announced that it and business partner Inmarsat are moving into phase two of their plan to build out a national LTE-based wireless broadband network. Under the terms of the agreement between the two companies, Inmarsat will give Lightsquared the use of up to 59 MHz of terrestrial and L-Band ATC spectrum over the U.S. and Canada. Lightsquared will pay Inmarset $115 million per year to use the spectrum. Earlier this week, the FCC gave Lightsquared permission to use the L-Band spectrum for cellular-only communications.
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.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
T-Mobile to Light Up 600 MHz LTE This Summer
T-Mobile today said it plans to begin testing its newly acquired 600 MHz spectrum as soon as this summer. The FCC granted licenses for the spectrum this week following the years-long incentive auction process.