Verizon Wireless Makes LTE Network Available to Public Safety
Verizon Wireless and Motorola Solutions today announced a new partnership that will eventually offer access to Verizon Wireless's Long Term Evolution network to the country's public safety agencies. The program will give public safety agencies real-time management and control of their communications in addition to nationwide roaming. Verizon Wireless spokesperson Debra Lewis explained in an email to Phone Scoop, "This alliance allows public safety to utilize their private broadband networks and roam onto our LTE network (same spectrum) as much or as little as they need for communications and other services. One of the benefits of the alliance is that public safety can take advantage of our existing LTE network. There will be ways to prioritize traffic as necessary, too." Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of mandating the use of LTE by public safety agencies for mobile broadband other communication systems.
T-Mobile Fined $17.5 Million Over 911 Outage
T-Mobile has settled with the FCC regarding two separate 911 outages on its national wireless network that prevented customers from reaching emergency services for a period of three hours. T-Mobile agreed to pay the FCC $17.5 million in fines and take steps to improve the strength of its network and 911 services.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
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 Adopts Rules for Text-to-911 for All Messaging Apps
The FCC today formally adopted rules that will require all providers of messaging services to enable their apps with text-to-911 capabilities. Earlier this year the FCC said industry players outside the four major wireless network operators need to get on board.
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.