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The FCC Postpones the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Into 2016

The FCC Postpones the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Into 2016

The FCC has revealed that the incentive auction to reallocate broadcast spectrum to mobile communications will be delayed until early 2016. The FCC had originally hoped to conduct the auctions in mid-2015, but pointed to the uncertainty generated by court challenges to the rules of…

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Is New Ultra-high Frequency Spectrum Sufficient to Drive  the 5G Ecosystem?

Is New Ultra-high Frequency Spectrum Sufficient to Drive the 5G Ecosystem?

Although 5G services are not likely to materialize until well after 2020, several leading technology vendors and mobile operators are jockeying to define and lead the roadmap for 5G wireless spectrum and technology. While the US wireless industry continues to deploy 4G networks, some equipment…

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Carrier Grade Wi-Fi in the Era of Mobile Offload, Wi-Fi First and Wi-Fi Calling

Carrier Grade Wi-Fi in the Era of Mobile Offload, Wi-Fi First and Wi-Fi Calling

October is Wi-Fi month and the industry has started its world tour to promote the advancements made over the past year. Starting with the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Member Working Sessions and the Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco, the Wi-Fi Alliance will hold its…

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Six Leading Operators and Their Vendor Ecosystem Shared Perspectives on HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G at the 2014 4G Americas Analyst Forum

Six Leading Operators and Their Vendor Ecosystem Shared Perspectives on HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G at the 2014 4G Americas Analyst Forum

4G Americas hosted 65+ industry analysts at its 2014 Analyst Forum in Atlanta last week. We received in-depth briefings from six leading operators and their vendor ecosystem with an agenda that covered a wide range of topics from LTE acceleration in the Americas region, to…

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FCC is Preparing for Upcoming AWS-3 and 600 MHz Incentive Spectrum Auctions

FCC is Preparing for Upcoming AWS-3 and 600 MHz Incentive Spectrum Auctions

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still shaping the framework for the 600 MHz incentive auction planned for 2015, as it prepares to conduct the upcoming Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) Spectrum Auction, scheduled to begin on November 13. The following chart shows that AWS-3 licenses…

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Ericsson Launches New Small Cell Solution, Announces its Latest Software Release 15A and Investment in Apcera

Ericsson Launches New Small Cell Solution, Announces its Latest Software Release 15A and Investment in Apcera

I joined 100+ industry analysts that spent two days last week for an in-depth briefing from Ericsson in their North American headquarters in San Jose. The analyst briefings covered a wide range of topics from improving performance of 4G HetNets and small cells to accelerating…

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Verizon Hired TAP Advisors to Plan Sale of Network Assets Including 12,000 Towers

Verizon Hired TAP Advisors to Plan Sale of Network Assets Including 12,000 Towers

Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told Reuters on Sept. 17 that Verizon is open to divesting its network’s assets. Reuters has since reported that Verizon Communications has hired investment bank TAP Advisors LLC to plan a sale of its network’s assets including its cell towers,…

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4G LTE Hurtles Forward From Build Out to Evolution

4G LTE Hurtles Forward From Build Out to Evolution

4G LTE is moving from the operator deployment to the subscriber adoption phase on a global scale. During the opening plenary session of 4G World/Tower and Small Cell Summit we learned there are currently 280 million LTE subscriptions across 320 commercial 4G LTE networks operating…

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Mobile Net Neutrality Rises to the Top of the FCC Agenda During Super Mobility Week

Mobile Net Neutrality Rises to the Top of the FCC Agenda During Super Mobility Week

The mobile industry has been exempt from regulations aimed at preventing Internet providers from slowing down or blocking websites and applications. But the special status of wireless broadband under the FCC’s proposed Net Neutrality rules is quickly losing support. This question of how the FCC…

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Sprint CNO John Saw was the Spark to Ignite 4G World and Tower/Small Cell Summit

Sprint CNO John Saw was the Spark to Ignite 4G World and Tower/Small Cell Summit

Dr. John Saw has been on the job as Chief Network Officer at Sprint for nearly six months and he is frequently asked about his goals for the Sprint network. His answer is really quite simple – to build and run America’s best wireless network….

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