The Government has decided to allocate to mobile services a contiguous block of 126MHz of spectrum from the band that will be vacated when the analogue TV broadcast service shuts down.
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AT&T has announced a deal with Verizon Wireless that will allow the company to continue to build out its 4G LTE network in the U.S., through the acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum from Verizon Wireless. The 700 MHz band was originally used to broadcast analog TV channels, but the transition to digital TV made them available for auction in 2008.
The ACMA has set out its plans to re-allocate spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands - the prime bands for mobile operators wanting to roll out FDD-LTE - that should see auctions for nationwide licences to the spectrum being held in late 2012.
Ericsson has told a who's who of spectrum specialists from the telecoms and broadcasting industries at the ACMA's Radcomms 2011 conference that digital TV broadcasts, which in the US take up 300MHz of spectrum, could be delivered over LTE networks using Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS) technology in just 28 percent of this spectrum.
Optus has given the ACMA a mixed scorecard on its spectrum management performance, saying that while there has been progress in some areas, the ACMA has been too slow and lacking in transparency on key issues: in particular allocation of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band for future, LTE, mobile services.
T-Mobile’s UnCarrier approach to the cell phone carrier market has pretty bold and successful so far, but when you’re looking at the big picture, T-Mobile’s network still just isn’t on par with what Verizon and AT&T offer, especially in terms of coverage.
After years of planning and step-by-step engineering, the U.K.’s switchover from analogue to digital-terrestrial TV broadcasts has finally been completed — marking the end of more than 70 years of analogue broadcasting in the U.K and opening the door for the launch of 4G mobile services in spectrum previously used by TV broadcasters.
The digital switchover has been taking place gradual
Verizon’s $3.9 billion deal to acquire AWS spectrum licenses has now been approved by the FCC. Along with this approval also comes a few other interesting deals, including a spectrum swap with Leap Wireless and a transfer of some of the AWS holdings to T-Mobile.
Written by: Stuart Corner | Published in: Government Tech PolicyA report by global cellular industry organisation, the GSMA, and Boston Consulting Group would seem to support Telstra, Optus and Vodafone's lobbying for early access to the 700MHz Digital Dividend spectrum. However its findings are of limited applicability to Australia.