Battelle announced that the FCC is seeking public comment on the company's petition to adopt new service rules that will open up fallow spectrum at 102-109.5 GHz.
Access Spectrum, an Upper 700 MHz A Block licensee, said the FCC's authorization of TDD equipment for the band opens up the spectrum to numerous new uses by vertical industries.
Globalstar is targeting the second quarter for the introduction of Sat-Fi, a new voice and data service that enables customers to use their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops to connect with Globalstar's satellite network when they are outside of cellular coverage.
Google filed a highly secretive application with the FCC for an experimental radio authority, via which the company aims to test technology in the 76-77 GHz millimeter-wave band. That spectrum is authorized for short-range radar applications, including vehicle radars.
Globalstar wants to work with proponents of opening up the 5.1 GHz band for use by high-power, outdoor Wi-Fi equipment but only if those changes do not negatively impact Globalstar's mobile satellite services (MSS) business, a company executive said.
A study group within the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is slated to deliver a report by mid-year regarding best practices in spectrum management for cognitive radio systems, which will be key to opening up TV white space (TVWS) spectrum in markets worldwide.
Efforts to open up the 5.1 GHz band for use by high-power, outdoor Wi-Fi equipment has garnered widespread support, but faces staunch opposition from one company using the band: mobile satellite service (MSS) operator Globalstar. However, the cable industry contends that new research from CableLabs and experts at the University of Colorado refutes arguments Globalstar has made to keep the frequencies from being opened up.
Public safety will be a hot topic during 2014 for the Open Mobile Alliance, as its member companies ponder enhancements to push-to-talk and location enablers to support public-safety applications.
Acknowledging that an FDD band plan for the upcoming 600 MHz auction has considerably more support than the TDD approach it has been pushing, Sprint said it now supports an FDD allocation, provided it is structured to maximize "auctionable bi-directional paired spectrum."
T-Mobile US says its research shows that LTE networks could operate side by side with co-channel, broadcast TV signals even in some of the nation's most densely populated areas.