LightSquared Wins 30-Day Reprieve on FCC Decision
Sprint has given LightSquared a 30-day grace period to score approval from the Federal Communications Commission to operate its Long Term Evolution network in the L-Band spectrum. Earlier this year, Sprint said LightSquared would give it a 20MHz channel of L-Band spectrum in the 1600MHz band that Sprint would use for its own LTE network. However, Sprint had the option to back out of the deal with LightSquared if the U.S. government did not approve LightSquared's L-Band spectrum use by the end of the year. The FCC has not made a final ruling on the matter, and LightSquared still faces opposition from the GPS, aviation, and military industries. Sprint has extended the December 31 deadline to January 30, giving LightSquared a bit more time to gain the necessary approval from the FCC to operate its planned LTE network. The deal with Sprint will save LightSquared about $13 billion between now and 2020.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
Sprint to Sit Out AWS-3 Auction
Sprint today confirmed that it will skip an upcoming spectrum auction. "Sprint has decided not to participate in the FCC's AWS-3 auction, but will continue to evaluate the opportunities presented by the upcoming 600MHz incentive auction," said Sprint spokesman Jeffrey Silva to Bloomberg.
Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree
Sprint, T-Mobile, and others want the FCC to "carefully scrutinize" a number of AT&T's proposed low-band spectrum acquisitions. AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase 700MHz spectrum from a range of small companies around the country.
Verizon To Test Spectrum Sharing in Military Radar Band
Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm recently announced plans to test spectrum-sharing technology in the 3.5 GHz band. The band is used for military radar systems, but the FCC believes the band can be shared with commercial uses in some situations.
Sprint has given them a 30 day extension before their agreement expires and LS loses another potential customer and use of Sprints spectrum.