FCC Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band. Now it is considering some bands in between, specifically 3.7 to 4.2 GHz, 5.925 to 6.425 GHz, and 6.425 to 7.125 GHz. The FCC is seeking comments on the potential of these spectrum bands and hopes to learn how they can be best used for fixed and mobile wireless services while protecting existing services from interference. It also wants to know how it can best monetize these bands while offering licensed and unlicensed access for public and private entities. The FCC is accepting comments on its web site. U.S. wireless network operators are already exploring various paths to 5G, even though the standard and specific blocks of airwaves for 5G haven't been defined.
Qualcomm Says First MulteFire Connection a Success
Oct 17, 2016
Qualcomm today said it made the world's first over-the-air connection using MulteFire. MulteFire is a new, more advanced version of LTE that uses a technology called listen-before-talk (LBT) to operate on unlicensed spectrum.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Nov 12, 2015
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
FCC Gives Verizon and Qualcomm Permission to Test LTE-U
Feb 1, 2016
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.
Motorola Updates Affordable Lineup for 2018
Apr 19, 2018
Motorola today announced four new affordable Android phones coming to the U.S. market before mid-year.