London Served 3.5GHz Fixed Wireless – with Relish

UK broadband providers are getting competition from a new company, Relish, using 3.5-3.8 GHz (Bands 42/43) to deliver fixed wireless service in densely-populated areas.

Relish service is only available in specific regions in London, notes Engadget, and doesn’t offer voice. Just data. Monthly contracts start at £20, but you have to buy the router for £50.

Currently London is served by fixed-line DSL/Cable Modem providers like BT and Virgin, while mobile operators provide LTE broadband through EE, Vodafone, 02, and Three.

Relish says that it’s only using 1/6th of the spectrum it owns in London, allowing it to expand its service city-wide in the future. There’s no date for an expansion to other cities.

UK Broadband switched on its first TD-LTE system in London back in 2012 using the 3.5GHz band with gear from Huawei.

UKB operates a wholesale model and works with partners like Relish to offer commercial services in the businesses, consumer and public sector. UK Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited, the holding company of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider.

The UK’s fixed broadband service should be instructive since the FCC is opening up parts of the 3.5 GHz band for commercial use in the United States, mostly for small cells.

Operation of the 3.5 GHz hotspot near a million watt Spy-1 radar, is not advised.

In other news, Qualcomm and Sohu, an online media service, has demonstrated LTE-TDD Broadcast in China, featuring video coding and Dynamic Adaptive Streaming of HTTP (DASH). YouTube playback uses DASH.

The demonstration in Shenzhen, China, utilized Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processors, Gobi modems, and was supported by Qualcomm’s LTE Broadcast solution for the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS). Sohu Video (tv.sohu.com is a major online video service provider in China. China Mobile, like Sprint/Softbank, uses TD-LTE in the 2.6 GHz band.

Related Dailywireless articles include; UK Broadband: TD-LTE at 3.5GHz, UK Auction Winners Announced, FCC Opens 3.5 GHz for Shared Access, Qualcomm: Chips for MU-MIMO, Small Cells, Home Gateway, FCC Boss Wheeler Pushes for 3.5 GHz Spectrum Sharing, FCC Paves Way for 3.5GHz Band Nationwide, FCC Dishes Dirt, Talks Up 3.5 GHz, FCC Limits Dish on LTE Terrestrial Spectrum, Dish and Sprint Battle over PCS band Extension, FCC Approves 2.3 GHz for AT&T, T-Mobile Gets AWS Spectrum from Breakup, FirstNet: The Asymetrical Threat, Spectrum War: Unlicensed, Shared and Auctioned, FCC: TV Auction in 2014,

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