Lightsquared Has to Tell FCC It Interferes with GPS
Based on the results of numerous tests, Long Term Evolution broadband provider Lightsquared will have to tell the Federal Communications Commission in a report that its network interferes with GPS systems. The FCC gave permission to Lightsquared to use its L-Band spectrum for terrestrial network purposes, depending on the outcome of interference tests with nearby GPS services. Tests conducted in recent weeks show that Lightsquared's planned LTE network consistently interferes with GPS. Lightsquared maintains that it can adjust its network so that it won't interfere with GPS systems, but it has yet to do that. It has to turn in a report to the FCC tomorrow of the initial test results. The test results put Lightsquared's business in jeopardy, as it has signed a number of network agreements with other network providers.
FCC Gives Verizon and Qualcomm Permission to Test LTE-U
The FCC is allowing Verizon and Qualcomm to move forward with limited tests of LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands generally reserved for WiFi. Specifically, the companies are being allowed to perform small-scale tests at two Verizon facilities, one in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the other in Raleigh, N.C.
T-Mobile Claims 5G Tests Reach 12 Gbps
T-Mobile and Ericsson today said lab tests demonstrate the power of forthcoming 5G technology. The two firms pushed data speeds to 12 Gbps over a wireless connection, with latency as low as 2 milliseconds, in the 28 GHz band.
AT&T Seeking 20MHz Block of 600MHz Spectrum
AT&T is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction, according to CFO John Stephens. "Spectrum is a scare asset, and so we would expect to participate," said Stephens, speaking at technology conference.
FCC Puts Clear Line Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband
The FCC this week released its findings concerning the state of broadband in the U.S. and the news is mixed.