Two law enforcement officials have confirmed they are hoping for reappointment to the board of the First Responder Network Authority, which is charged with planning, building and operating the LTE-based, 700 MHz nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
In a special board meeting held via teleconference, the First Responder Network Authority finally approved a spectrum manager lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas for Harris County's LTE-based public-safety network, which uses 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet.
Mutualink, whose interoperability platform is fully deployed in the nation's only operationally deployed public-safety LTE network, is pushing for use of its media cohesion framework (MCF) as part of the LTE network being planned by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
The details of T-Mobile US' $50 million expansion into 700 MHz spectrum continue to become clearer as FCC documents revealed the carrier purchased 700 MHz A Block licenses from Actel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of wireline telco CenturyLink.
The CIO for Charlotte, N.C., said concerns about sustainability of the city's planned public-safety network ultimately led to a suspension of negotiations that could have enabled Charlotte to lease 700 MHz spectrum from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
At least one of the deals T-Mobile US recently engaged in to get more 700 MHz A Block spectrum was with I-700 A Block LLC for two spectrum licenses in the Midwest, according to an FCC filing.
Nokia and Harris want the First Responders Network Authority to think of them when it goes looking for rapidly deployable LTE solutions for disaster areas, rural emergency situation and extended network coverage during special public events.
AT&T Mobility's version of LG Electronics' G3 smartphone has support for an LTE band linked to the 700 MHz Lower D and E Block spectrum AT&T bought from Qualcomm, the first device from the carrier to support such spectrum. The band, LTE Band 29, appears on the technical specifications for the G3 on AT&T's website. AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel confirmed the device does support Band 29. Other recent smartphones from AT&T, such as Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, do not support Band 29.
While the First Responders Network Authority searches for someone to head up LTE network planning and design for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), a new report has revealed that nearly a quarter of U.S. states still have not engaged in active stakeholder outreach related to the FirstNet effort.
T-Mobile US is looking to grab 700 MHz A Block spectrum to fill out its portfolio of low-band airwaves ahead of a potential deal with Sprint, according to a report from the New York Post.