Dish Network confirmed the FCC is poised to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum auction that ended in January, dealing a financial blow to Dish.
In what could be the sign of a turning point in a multi-year saga, LightSquared and GPS device firm Trimble indicated that they are willing to engage in settlement discussions to resolve disputes over whether and how LightSquared's spectrum interferes with GPS receivers.
According to a new white paper produced by CTIA, on average it takes 13 years to reallocate spectrum for commercial wireless use.
Verizon Wireless is not desperate for low-band spectrum and does not necessarily need to secure a trove of airwaves in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo. The company may participate in the auction, but in the meantime, it is focused on densifying its network through small cells and refarming some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum.
The FCC currently plans to start next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum on March 29, 2016, according to an FCC website. That would keep the agency just on target to meet FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's goal of starting the complex auction in the first quarter of next year, which ends March 31.
Dish Network's stock slipped following a report that said its deal talks with T-Mobile US had stalled and a separate report indicating that the FCC is planning to reject $3.3 billion in spectrum bidding credits for two companies affiliated with the satellite TV provider. Dish's shares were down more than 3 percent in late-afternoon trading.
WASHINGTON—The FCC voted 3-2 to approve new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that the majority of the commissioners at the agency said would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction.
T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will likely put more pressure on its network capacity and speed up the timeframe for when it needs to make a deal with another company, according to financial analysts.
mmMAGIC, one of the newest consortia to be co-funded by the European Commission's 5G PPP programme, said it plans to develop new technologies that can operate in frequency bands between 6 GHz and 100 GHz and accelerate the standardisation of millimeter wave technologies for 5G as part of a two-year research programme.
Former Rep. Henry Waxman, now a lobbyist for T-Mobile US, wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that the agency should strike a compromise on when to trigger the bidding for reserved spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction and on a proposal to relocate TV stations in the duplex gap after the auction.