Although technology has brought marvels in mobile computing, it has provided means to use all of the radio resources on which mobile computing depends. Wireless networks are a hundred times faster than just ten years ago, but their rich, interactive, streaming-oriented applications consume all available capacity and demand more. Managing this critical radio resource and determining the most effective spectrum-allocation policies require an understanding of what constitutes the most efficient use of spectrum.
Samsung Electronics claims it had made a breakthrough in wireless network technology, which it is touting as "5G," explaining the new wireless technique will enable data downlink speeds of 1 Gbps. However, the technology is not nearly ready for prime time--Samsung said it hopes to commercialize it by 2020.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said that the company has multiple backup options for its wireless plans if its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel does not succeed against SoftBank's $20.1 billion proposal to buy 70 percent of Sprint.
T-Mobile US shot back at rival AT&T, arguing for rules that would prevent larger wireless carriers from dominating the upcoming broadcast TV spectrum auction.
Clearwire, facing down angry minority shareholders, urged them approve Sprint Nextel's $2.97 per share offer to take control of the rest of Clearwire it does not already own. Shareholders are set to vote on the deal May 21.
FierceWireless has developed a primer to help make sense of the upcoming auctions, including which companies might bid, estimates of how much money each auction could raise and why the airwaves are important in the first place. Check out our special report .
AT&T accused the Department of Justice of attempting to rig the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction to ensure that the two smaller nationwide carriers--Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA--could win most of the spectrum up for grabs.
With its fate still uncertain, Clearwire revealed relatively sluggish first-quarter results, which are likely the company's last as an independent entity. The company also said it continues to recommend Sprint Nextel's bid to acquire Clearwire over Verizon Wireless' competing bid to acquire some of Clearwire's spectrum license leases.
NEW ORLEANS--Sprint Nextel is working with regional operator C Spire Wireless to enable LTE roaming across multiple spectrum bands. Speaking at the Competitive Carriers Association conference here, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that his company wants to be the preferred roaming partner for smaller operators in the United States and is working with C Spire, Qualcomm and others to make that happen.
President Obama's budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year sets aside $500 million for the FCC to help TV broadcasters modify their infrastructure to deal with changes that will come with incentive auctions of TV broadcast spectrum, which will be repurposed for wireless broadband.