While Verizon had little time to fete its win with Boston after some 40,000 wireline workers on the East Coast went on strike last week, its $300 million fiber investment in the city is something to celebrate.
Walking down memory lane, it occurs to me that when it comes to millimeter wave spectrum, it seems as though what's old is new again. It's not quite the same as how the old spectrum "garbage bands" were repurposed for Wi-Fi, but it's making use of some spectrum that was originally intended for something else.
In our latest feature at FierceWirelessTech, we decided to take a look at some of the activity around C-RAN, which emerged as an industry buzzword a few years ago.
No doubt, the wireless industry is ready to celebrate the Senate committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approving the Mobile Now Act, which is designed to boost the development of 5G by making more spectrum available for commercial use and reducing red tape for building networks. But the FCC still has a lot of work ahead in the millimeter wave space.
With this week's launch of Starry, the new technology company founded by former Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia, comes a good reminder of just how difficult it is for newbies to break into the U.S. cellular biz. And by difficult, let's just say impossible.
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FirstNet's RFP is expected to be released this week as more potential bidders are emerging. Popular belief is that at least one Tier 1 wireless carrier will be involved, and the "conspiracy" theorists like Jonathan Schildkraut at Evercore ISI think Verizon is a good candidate, in part due to its existing spectrum position in 700 MHz, its reputation for network quality and the relationship it has been building with rural partners for LTE buildouts.
The wireless industry continues to call on policy makers to allocate more spectrum for commercial services. Will we ever stop hearing about the so-called "spectrum crunch"?
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