Remember AT&T Mobility's purchases of 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum? The carrier will finally start putting those airwaves to good use for LTE service starting this summer, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley.
LightSquared's bankruptcy odyssey is over. After spending nearly three years in bankruptcy protection, the wireless firm won approval for a new restructuring plan from a federal bankruptcy court judge and will get recapitalized. Critically, although Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, LightSquared's largest creditor, will get paid in cash for his $1 billion debt claim in LightSquared, he will not be a part of the company's new capital structure.
FRANKFURT, Germany--The mobile industry appears largely in agreement that 5G will require a new air interface or waveform in order to handle the challenges presented by proposed new use cases, but as yet it is not clear what this new waveform will be.
ATLANTA--Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure advocated for a coalition of smaller carriers that are members of Competitive Carriers Association to be able to jointly bid with Sprint in the 600 MHz incentive auction.
Verizon Wireless may have scored big in the FCC's recent $45 billion AWS-3 spectrum auction by securing more $10.8 billion in new spectrum in major markets. But one financial analyst believes that the operator is in dire need of more spectrum, because it has over 40 percent of the industry's postpaid customers on its network and controls less than 20 percent of available spectrum.
AT&T Mobility is working with several smaller carriers, likely including T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular, to prepare for interoperability between their different band classes in the 700 MHz band. In a filing with the FCC, AT&T revealed the progress it has made in following through on a commitment it made in September 2013 to support interoperability between Band Class 17 and Band Class 12 in the 700 MHz band.
MTN Ghana CEO Serame Taukobong told investors that the company plans to pump GHS460 million (€115 million/$123 million) into network expansion during 2015 to meet growing demand for mobile data services.
T-Mobile US aims to deploy LTE in all of its 700 MHz A Block spectrum this year, according to T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. However, he cautioned the carrier may not achieve that goal.
The FCC's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum is scheduled to start in a little under year from now, and many technical rules need to be resolved between now and then. However, wireless carriers and broadcasters seem to be unified on one key issue: They want the FCC to change its plans for dealing with "impaired" spectrum, or spectrum that will have too much interference to be used.
Verizon Wireless came out against joint bidding arrangements for future spectrum auctions, allying itself with AT&T Mobility and setting up a battle with Sprint and T-Mobile US ahead of next year's 600 MHz incentive auction.