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AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, DoD to Explore Spectrum Sharing

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Replying to:  LTE 1800 anyone? by Pink Jazz   Jan 31, 2013, 4:29 PM

Re: LTE 1800 anyone?

by WiWavelength    Jan 31, 2013, 9:21 PM

Pink Jazz said:
So, does this mean we will start having LTE 1800 phones? In Europe there is GSM 1800, and perhaps as 2G GSM is phased out Europe can soon follow suit with LTE 1800 as well.


No, the DCS 1800 MHz band that is being refarmed from GSM to LTE in Europe is not compatible with North American spectrum allocation. While the DCS 1800 MHz uplink coincides nicely with this spectrum in question, the DCS 1800 MHz downlink overlaps 30 MHz of our PCS 1900 MHz uplink. And the PCS 1900 MHz band is not going away for many, many years.

Instead, at least the lower 25 MHz of this spectrum will likely be paired with 2155-2180 MHz to form the AWS-3 band -- essentially, an extension of the existing AWS-1 band. So, this spectrum makes the most sense for T-Mobile and VZW, since they are the most heavily invested in AWS.

AJ

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