Verizon Wireless today released updated specifications for their nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network on the Upper 700 MHz C-Block spectrum. The network access requirements contain key updates, clarifications and additions to guide developers into the next phase of bringing their LTE devices to the Verizon Wireless network, the company said
Verizon Wireless expects to commercially launch its LTE 4G network in up to 30 markets in 2010, covering 100 million people. In subsequent years, an equally aggressive growth plan will result in full nationwide coverage in 2013. The company’s LTE network will ultimately connect a full range of electronics devices and machines.
Developers can access the Verizon Wireless 700 MHz LTE Specification updates from the open development Web site at www.verizonwireless-opendevelopment.com. Developers can view which sections of the specifications have been updated by checking the Revision History.
700 MHz Spectrum Winners (2008)
The “D” block is expected to provide a new nationwide license. It will combine 10 Mhz of commercial service with 12 Mhz of public service bandwidth in the 700 MHz band (22 Mhz combined), for a joint public/private cellular communications system. The shared cellular service is expected to benefit both rural users and public service users, nation-wide. It was not auctioned off in the 2008 700Mhz auction, since the minimum bid was not attained.
If there were a priority for the FCC, you’d think the 700 MHz “D” block would be it.
|Pairing||Geographic Area Type||
No. of Licenses
|A||698-704, 728-734||12 MHz||2 x 6 MHz||EA||176|
|B||704-710, 734-740||12 MHz||2 x 6 MHz||CMA||734|
|C||746-757, 776-787||22 MHz||2 x 11 MHz||REAG||12|
|D||758-763, 788-793||10 MHz||2 x 5 MHz||Nationwide||1*|
|*Subject to conditions respecting a public/private partnership.|
Because the D Block did not meet its $1.3 billion reserve price in the 700MHz auction held in early 2008, the FCC sought comment in May, 2008, on whether it should revise the 700MHz public/private partnership and reauction this spectrum. FCC Petitioners generally say they can deploy their broadband networks in advance of a resolution of the Commission’s ongoing 700 MHz D Block proceeding (pdf), and that they may be integrated into any network and be fully interoperable, to meet the technical proposals put forth by the Commission in the 700 MHz Third Further Notice.
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) broadband task force reached a consensus accord on a 700 MHz proposal it expects to submit to the FCC this fall. Most of the public-safety organizations have come out in favor of LTE for use on the public-safety 700 MHz band, and the NPSTC has begun working on network requirements for regional networks that would need to be built.
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