The FCC green-lighted LightSquared's request for permission to test the feasibility of sharing 5 MHz of spectrum in the 1675-1680 MHz band, which is controlled by federal agencies, according to a report.
BARCELONA, Spain--Freeing up the 1755-1780 MHz block through spectrum sharing will not only aid U.S. mobile operators that desperately need additional frequencies for mobile broadband but it will also aid spectrum harmonization efforts across the Americas, said Neville Ray, T-Mobile USA CTO.
AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA inked an agreement with the Department of Defense to explore the possibility of sharing 95 MHz of spectrum that is currently used by the Pentagon and other federal agencies located in the 1755 - 1850 MHz band.
Apple, Ericsson, Research In Motion and other technology companies sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to open up more spectrum for mobile broadband. The group, called the High Tech Spectrum Coalition, wants Congress to push for a successful incentive auction of broadcast TV spectrum and also get federal agencies to share or give up their spectrum.
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association is advocating cooperative testing of a geolocation database and network equipment to prove that commercial users could easily share the 4.9 GHz band with public-safety users on a secondary basis.
It sounds so appealing. You have a valuable resource but you don't need it all the time. Why not let somebody else use it when you're not using it? The resource in this case is spectrum, and the primary user for the bands under consideration is the government.
Telecommunications regulator Ofcom announced a framework that could enable the use of TV white space devices in the United Kingdom starting next year.
LightSquared is proposing to share spectrum the federal government uses for weather balloons. The company hopes to couple this spectrum with the L-Band satellite spectrum LightSquared already holds in an attempt to finally get its planned wholesale LTE network up and running.
The wireless industry is facing one of its most daunting challenges: How to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband with limited spectrum resources. Nearly every U.S. wireless operator regardless of its size considers the impending spectrum crunch a top concern for the industry.
The FCC's plan work to open up frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band is all about small cells and spectrum sharing, the latter being a concept that does not excite many operators, and it could take years before carriers are able to use any of the targeted frequencies.