Spectrum controlled by Sprint represents the bulk of the airwaves the FCC is expected to add to its so-called spectrum screen, potentially inhibiting any deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
In a blow to Sprint and Dish Network, the FCC plans to add much of their respective spectrum portfolios to its so-called spectrum screen, which will bring more scrutiny to any future spectrum transaction they engage in.
Artemis Networks, the startup behind the pCell technology for enhancing network capacity, is using spectrum controlled by Dish Network to conduct wireless tests in the San Francisco Bay Area.
AT&T warned that it would have to "reevaluate" whether it would participate in the FCC's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum if the FCC places restrictions on how much spectrum it could purchase.
The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Re/code report.
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SoftBank is reportedly turning its sights on a possible bid for Vodafone in the face of growing opposition by U.S. regulators to the Japan-based company's desire to merge Sprint with T-Mobile US.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said he personally thought that he bankrupt LightSquared could be worth as much as $8.9 billion if it gained FCC approval for its long-planned and currently-stalled wireless network.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son issued a call to the small and rural carriers here at the Competitive Carriers Association trade show: "We need to fight back," Son proclaimed during a keynote presentation outlining Sprint's new efforts with the CCA and the NetAmerica Alliance to increase Sprint's LTE footprint.
Sprint is currently working with erstwhile suitor Dish Network on a trial of TD-LTE fixed wireless broadband service using Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum. However, analysts think there are plenty of opportunities for the companies to either expand the trial more broadly or work together in other ways that make use of their respective spectrum assets.