Cingular Completes GSM Overlay, Accelerates WCDMA Plans
Jun 24, 2004, 9:01 AM by (staff)
Cingular this week provided a complete status update on its 3G migration. Last weekend, the company completed the deployment of GSM technology over its entire network coverage area. Also, taking full advantage of additional spectrum from its planned acquisition of AT&T Wireless, the company last week issued a formal request for proposals (RFP) to supply WCDMA (UMTS) equipment to upgrade its entire network. The RFP includes HSDPA, an upgraded version of WCDMA - sometimes referred to as "3.5G" - that delivers data rates up to 14.4 Mbps. The RFP also includes WCDMA in the 850 MHz band, which will allow the company to move its entire spectrum and network to WCDMA technology, including rural areas. The company aims launch the first areas in 2005, with the entire upgrade to be completed in 2006.
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.
Huawei's P8 Variant for U.S. Teased in FCC Approval
The FCC this week approved a new Huawei phone for North America that bears a striking resemblance to the just-announced P8 global flagship. The phone approved by the FCC has small but distinct differences, such as a flash on the other side of the camera, matching Huawei's description of a more affordable P8 variant coming the U.S.
ZTE's Axon Phone Swings By the FCC for Approval
Documents spotted on the FCC site reveal more information about ZTE's forthcoming Axon phone. The company has been teasing the device on the web for several weeks and plans to reveal it in full at a July 14 event in New York City.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
T-Mobile today said it plans to use some of its recently acquired 600 MHz spectrum to support a future 5G network. 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 earlier this year.
T-Mobile to Buy Chicago-Area Spectrum to Boost Coverage
T-Mobile today said it has agreed to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Leap in order to bring its "extended-range LTE" coverage to the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, T-Mobile is snagging A-Block 700 MHz spectrum covering Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Evanston, Naperville, Aurora, Gary, Rockford, De Kalb, Janesville, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, Kenosha, and others.