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.
Sep 15, 2021
T-Mobile phones will soon display a new icon in the status bar to indicate when they are connected to 5G in a higher frequency band that offers faster data speeds. The icon will appear first on the newest iPhones, and the company is working with phone makers "to include this update on as many devices as possible".
Feb 24, 2021
The FCC today announced the winners of Auction 107 for radio frequency licenses in the coveted "C-Band". Verizon spent $45.5 billion, well over half the $81.1 billion total spent in the whole auction.
Oct 5, 2021
The FCC today started Auction 110, the third in a series of auctions to sell licenses for valuable C-band (mid-band) radio frequencies that offer a good mix of data speeds and coverage when deployed for 5G networks. All three major US wireless carriers have registered and qualified to bid in the auction.
Nov 4, 2021
AT&T and Verizon have agreed to an FAA request to delay the launch of 5G in new C-Band radio frequencies by one month, while potential interference issues are addressed, reports the Wall Street Journal. Both companies were planning to launch the highly-anticipated mid-band 5G service on or around December 5th, but will now launch the service no sooner than January 5th, 2022.
Dec 1, 2021
T-Mobile recently announced that its mid-band 5G network now covers over 200 million people, a threshold that the industry acknowledges as "nationwide" coverage. (Mid-band 5G offers an ideal balance of fast data speeds and broad coverage compared to 5G in other bands.) In an interview with Phone Scoop, T-Mobile executives detailed how they plan to maintain the company's lead in mid-band 5G even as Verizon and AT&T launch mid-band 5G early next year.
What's involved specifically is 2110-2155 MHz, 1990-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, and 2165-2180 MHz.
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