Optus has secured additional spectrum in regional Australia that it says will greatly increase the capacity of its mobile network, increasing its ability to meet the surging demand for mobile broadband services.
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.
Optus has launched what it says is Australia's first mobile operator application developer portal, Optus Partner Connect, designed to give developers the opportunity to showcase and sell their applications direct to the Optus mobile customer base.
T-Mobile announced today that 10 more metro areas throughout the U.S. now have HSPA+ coverage. Customers on T-Mobile’s network in these areas with appropriate handsets can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Challenger initiative to eventually roll out service on the 1900MHz HSPA+ band nationwide.
Optus last month became the first mobile operator in Australia to offer femtocells as a full commercial product. Optus promoting them as solution for Optus mobile customers with poor coverage in their homes.
The ACMA has announced the result of its long running review of 2.5GHz spectrum, presently used for electronic newsgathering but allocated internationally for wireless broadband, and eagerly sought after by Australia's mobile operators.
If you’re an Optus mobile user with patchy 3G reception at home or work, and have a broadband connection with at least 1Mbps download speed and 512Kbps upload speed, Optus’ swell femtocell should finally spell the end of potential coverage hell.
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.