The FCC set a total reserve price of $10.587 billion for the airwaves it will auction in the AWS-3 spectrum auction set for this fall. The commission also set out complex rules and bidding procedures for the auction, and carriers will bid on both paired and unpaired spectrum blocks in the same auction.
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.
Sprint and T-Mobile US plan to create a joint venture to bid for spectrum in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Bloomberg report. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal separately reported that the JV will seek to raise $10 billion for bidding.
Sprint told the FCC that its rebanding efforts in the 800 MHz band are nearing completion, according to a filing the carrier made with the commission. The declaration comes nearly a decade after the FCC ordered the rebanding of the 800 MHz band to alleviate interference to public-safety licensees in 800 MHz band caused by commercial cellular licensees.
AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US are proposing a swap of PCS and AWS spectrum across parts of 10 states. In some cases, AT&T is divesting spectrum it acquired from Cricket provider Leap Wireless in March.
Dish Network said it plans to "meaningfully" participate in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The company could grab yet more airwaves to add to its existing stockpile, though it remains unclear exactly what Dish will do with its spectrum.
The FCC's proposal to create a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band is revolutionary in many aspects, but some are concerned that this uniqueness--particularly as it applies to the spectrum band plan--might have unintended ramifications in the United States as well as globally. Special report
VTel Wireless, one of the 12 smaller wireless carriers Sprint announced LTE roaming deals with in June, launched LTE service in parts of Vermont on Tuesday.
FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. T hese maps show how much spectrum each of the nation's Tier 1 carriers currently has for LTE based on their stated LTE deployment plans. It doesn't show actual LTE deployments, only the spectrum that likely is used or will be used for LTE deployments.
T-Mobile US confirmed it met its mid-year goal of covering 230 million POPs with its LTE network. The carrier plans to cover 250 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2014.