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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While the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) is underway in Geneva this month, it's paramount that the world's spectrum leaders agree on some common spectrum allocated for 5G. In the meantime, it's worth noting the status of 5G here in the U.S.
The wireless spotlight has been on FirstNet for some time as the government, mobile operators and first responders interrogated the organization on devices, unification, legislation and more pending a detailed plan for the network's launch. As FirstNet moves closer to realizing a final RFP, attention has turned to the reality of deploying a nationwide first responder network and how it will fit into the country's existing carrier landscape.
The FCC took a huge step forward last week in getting the U.S. better positioned to compete in the race to 5G when it decided to propose new flexible service rules in the 28, 37, 39 and 64-71 GHz bands.
It seems as though Verizon Verizon is in a bit of a pickle. On the one hand, it boasts having a great LTE network that provides for great voice calls. On the other, some of its customers who are not getting good LTE coverage would like the opportunity to use Wi-Fi for calls, but at least one company executive has indicated it doesn't need to offer Wi-Fi calling because its LTE network is so great.
Vendors like Huawei and ZTE have been effectively banned from U.S. wireless network contracts after some lawmakers raised concerns about national security a few years ago. But now that it's 2015, isn't it time to revisit those policies?