MoffettNathanson lowered its rating for Dish Network, saying that while the company's mid-band spectrum is theoretically valuable, major U.S. carriers simply can't afford to buy it.
The European Council said the 700 MHz band should be made available for mobile broadband services across the European Union by 2020 as part of a harmonised approach to freeing up this spectrum band.
T-Mobile reportedly will pay $420 million for 12 MHz of 700 MHz A Block spectrum in Chicago-- far more than the $250 million to $300 million UBS valued it at-- despite the fact that T-Mobile was the only legitimate prospective bidder for those airwaves. But whether that transaction is a harbinger of bidding in the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves is still anyone's guess.
Zinwave has debuted a new National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 4/IP 66-rated enclosure for its wideband distributed antenna system (DAS) Remote Units, making Zinwave UNItivity DAS solutions compliant with public safety wireless system regulations. Complying with the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA), the new enclosure protects against falling dirt, rain, sleet, snow, windblown dust, splashing water, and hose-directed water common in firefighting operations.
Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile are the first of France's four mobile operators to gain authorisation for 4G sites in the 700 MHz spectrum band.
T-Mobile announced plans to issue $1 billion in bonds to fund the acquisition of more 700 MHz A Block spectrum and other airwaves.
Ofcom said the 700 MHz frequency band in the UK could be cleared for use by mobile data services no later than the second quarter of 2020, after the telecoms and media regulator said analysis suggested that benefits to users would be greater if the spectrum were available at an earlier date than originally planned.
T-Mobile believes its recent spectrum spending spree will begin to pay dividends this year.
In just the past few weeks T-Mobile has spent more than a billion dollars purchasing 700 MHz A Block spectrum licenses from the likes of Cellular South, Cavalier, C700 and others to cover major areas of Utah, New Mexico, parts of the Southeast and elsewhere.
France concluded the final part of its recent 700 MHz spectrum auction after telecoms regulator Arcep revealed the positions that have been allocated to the country's four mobile operators within the frequency band.