Verizon has filed paperwork with the FCC to get special temporary authority (STA) to test equipment from Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung in the 28 GHz band, one of the bands the FCC has identified for 5G services. The tests are to be conducted in Euless, Texas, and South Plainfield, N.J.
T-Mobile US is seeking the FCC's permission to test in and around T-Mobile's own facilities in Bellevue, Wash., using equipment from various unnamed manufacturers.
The National Association of Broadcasters again protested the FCC's 39-month timeline for repacking TV spectrum following the upcoming incentive auction, saying the Commission "has not done any serious analysis" of the work required to move broadcasters to new channels.
While Ligado Networks, as the former LightSquared, worked through plenty of opposition in the GPS community, its proposal to conduct terrestrial mobile downlink operations in the 1675-1680 MHz band is triggering opposition from the AWS-3 spectrum community.
In the ongoing process of hashing out divergent interests between satellite and mobile terrestrial systems for sharing spectrum in the 28 GHz band, the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is answering a few questions for the FCC – and leaving others in the "we'll-get-back-to-you-later" category.
Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this week, FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O'Rielly stuck to their bipartisan upper 5 GHz guns and continued to call for increasing efforts to open up the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use.
As Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile US line up to participate in the 600 MHz incentive the auction, which kicks off March 29, whoever ends up walking away with spectrum from the auction will gain access to low-band airwaves that offer distinct propagation characteristics for deployments over long distances and strong in-building penetration.
In separate meetings with the FCC, executives from Apple and BlackBerry discussed the agency's proposal to increase the length of mobile emergency alerts from 90 characters to 360. They also debated whether those alerts should include links to websites, and whether those websites would hold up under a barrage of traffic from concerned recipients.
The FCC's much-anticipated 600 MHz incentive auction could potentially provide a wealth of business for tower providers and wireless network installers once the operators put the spectrum they purchase to use.
TV broadcasters must tell the FCC which specific TV channels they are interested in selling by next week, which will kick off the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum that will be a key focal point for the mobile industry for at least the next several months. The FCC will then reconfigure those airwaves via optimization software to make them more easily usable for carriers before announcing in a few weeks how much spectrum it hopes to make available to bidders. Officials hope to provide as much as 126 MHz.