AT&T is considering buying Verizon Wireless' lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The result could be a bidding war between AT&T and T-Mobile US, which has reportedly also been interested in the airwaves.
The First Responder Network Authority moved further along with planning for the LTE-based nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) by issuing a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. However, FirstNet also put an end to negotiations with several public-safety entities hoping to lease its spectrum for public-safety networks within their jurisdictions.
T-Mobile US' rumored potential bid for Verizon Wireless' 700 MHz A Block spectrum, along with upcoming auctions of other airwaves, could prove to be a boon for tower companies, according to a financial analyst.
T-Mobile US has approached Verizon Wireless about buying spectrum from Verizon, likely the carrier's 700 MHz A Block airwaves, according to a Reuters report.
T-Mobile US plans to sell $2 billion in debt after raising $1.8 billion in a stock sale as part of a plan to build up its war chest to buy spectrum.
T-Mobile US indicated it will not participate in the Jan. 22 auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block, but said it is still shopping for more spectrum from an unnamed private company.
AT&T's cellular network has faced myriad challenges over the years, such as the overwhelming capacity crunch that hit when Apple's first iPhone rolled out. But the latest threat to AT&T's network is particularly illuminating, because the problem is being caused by a common fluorescent light fixture.
The FCC approved an order to implement a 700 MHz interoperability solution that will eventually give smaller carriers access to the same 700 MHz LTE devices AT&T now uses.
A live exercise scenario involving a simulated severe tornado will be one of the highlights of an event held by General Dynamics C4 Systems, which will focus on 700 MHz LTE networks for first responders.
The Special Review Committee investigating the board of First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) may find itself relieved of its duties with further investigation being turned over to the Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General.