First Tri-Band CDMA Phone Approved By FCC
The UTStarcom CDM-7126 recently cleared the FCC's approval process. This is the first phone to support CDMA 850/1900 and 1700 AWS bands, making it the first tri-band CDMA phone. This phone can be used by carriers such as Cricket, MetroPCS and US Cellular, which all have AWS spectrum purchased in the 2006 auction. Otherwise, the 7126 is a basic clamshell similar to the 7125. It has Bluetooth, but only indicator lights on the outside rather than an external display. It is limited to 1xRTT data. No release date or pricing information is available yet, and no carriers have stated that they will carry this phone.
FCC Says Incentive Auction Reaches End Point
Jan 18, 2017
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
May 14, 2018
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction.
3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support
Dec 10, 2015
Dish Networks today said the 3GPP has approved the designation of Band 66, which encompasses a significant swath of AWS spectrum owned by Dish. Specifically, Band 66 pairs 70 MHz of uplink spectrum with 90 MHz of downlink spectrum in the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 bands.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
Apr 13, 2017
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
May 2, 2017
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.