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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 […]

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 […]

Dish Will Participate in TV Auction

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2014

Dish Network plans to take part in the U.S. government’s TV spectrum auction next year, reports Bloomberg. The FCC plans to sell airwaves between TV Channels 30 and 51 which may be given up voluntarily by TV stations. The company “looks forward to meaningfully participating” in the sale, Englewood, Colorado-based Dish said in a regulatory […]

TD-LTE Subs Growing Fast

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 9th, 2014

The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based […]

900MHz Standard for Smartwatches?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 8th, 2014

The IEEE 802.11ah standard is the new PHY and MAC design that operates in the 900MHz band. It is intended to support extended range WiFi, and the Internet-of-everything (IoE) devices. It would compete with other technologies for home automation such as Zigbee and Z-wave which also use the 900 MHz band. The 11ah standard is […]

Qualcomm Buys Wilocity for 60 GHz WiFi

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

Qualcomm announced today that it is buying gigabit wireless specialist Wilocity in a move that puts the mobile chipmaker firmly behind the new WiGig standard. Qualcomm Atheros has been an investor in Wilocity since 2008 and has worked closely with the startup. The WiGig IEEE 802.11ad standard adds the 60 GHz band to Wi-Fi and […]