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AWS-3 Auction: Nov 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

The FCC last week updated rules for use of the AWS-3 spectrum that will be auctioned to commercial cellular operators on November 13, 2014, notes RCR Wireless. The FCC in late March released its initial AWS-3 rules. The FCC’s Report and Order sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahertz of spectrum in […]

GoAntenna: 10 Mile Cell Communications – Without Towers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

GoTenna has developed a 6-inch-long antenna that connects to iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth low energy. The antenna then transmits the data to other GoTennas through proprietary protocols, at 151-154 MHz. You can send text messages up to 160 characters as well as share your location on offline maps. The gadget is available for […]

Sprint and T-Mobile: Joint Bidding on 600MHz?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly planning to jointly bid approximately $10 billion on spectrum in next year’s FCC incentive auction, according to the Wall Street Journal. The $10 billion is part a $45 billion Softbank package meant to finance Sprint’s rumored acquisition of T-Mobile, the paper said. Any merger between Sprint and T-Mobile would require […]

Gowex Declares Bankruptcy

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 7th, 2014

Gowex, the Madrid-based Wi-Fi service provider, has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports Reuters. Its CEO and president, Jenaro Garcia Martin, acknowledged he has been cooking the firm’s books for four years and resigned. Gowex’s collapse followed a scathing report issued July 1 by Gotham City Research, which called the company a “charade” and alleged that […]

Commercial Drone Integration by 2015 Unlikely

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

The FAA will likely miss their 2015 deadline to let companies fly drones, reports The Verge. Last week the Department of Transportation found that the FAA is “significantly behind schedule” and that there are still “significant technological, regulatory, and management barriers” preventing the FAA from integrating drones into the national airspace. Those barriers include: failing […]

WiMax Forum Objects to “Citizens Band” on 3.65-3.70 GHz

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2014

The WiMAX Forum, the global body that certifies and promotes products based on the 802.16 standard, is urging the FCC not to include the 3.65-3.7 GHz spectrum band in the anticipated 3.55-3.65 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The 3.5G industry has already matured with 11 commercial networks globally, such as Relish in London, and […]