FCC To Auction New Spectrum for 3G
Sep 9, 2004, 2:07 PM by (staff)
The FCC today announced plans to auction two new 10 MHz bands of spectrum for 3G services. The lower band - 1915-1920 MHz paired with 1995-2000 MHz - is the PCS "H Block", which is just above the 10 MHz "G Block" that the FCC is currently proposing be assigned to Nextel to solve interference issues. The FCC downplayed complaints from Sprint and Nokia that the new H Block would interfere with existing PCS networks. The other new band spans 2020-2025 MHz, paired with 2175-2180 MHz. The FCC is seeking comment on how to divide the licenses geographically, among other issues, and plans to hold auctions within 15 months. The Commission also made progress on clearing an additional 120 MHz of spectrum for 3G in the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz bands, denying petitions for reconsideration.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.
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.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
FCC Says AT&T Can Buy 700 MHz Licenses from Peoples
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. The transaction gives AT&T 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in two cellular market areas.
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.
What's involved specifically is 2110-2155 MHz, 1990-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, and 2165-2180 MHz.
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