The initiative is spearheaded by six cellcos which already operate 450MHz networks using the only technology commercialized for the band, CDMA450 (there are UMTS profiles but they have not been put into mainstream equipment). They hope that they will be able to refarm their CDMA spectrum for an early leap into LTE, especially where their home regulators are not planning auctions in other bands, such as digital dividend, for some years. They have applied to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and their individual national regulators for permission to use the 450MHz band for LTE.
- Rethink Wireless
Samsung has launched a smartphone called the Craft, which it claims is the first commercially available LTE-enabled handset, in a move that could have network providers ramping up 4G deployments.
The Craft has a 3.3in Amoled touch screen and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, and will retail for $299 (£190) plus tax, with monthly price plans at $55 (£35) or $60 (£38).
Dan Meyer | Carriers
Leave it to the little guys to lead in LTE deployments. Regional wireless operator MetroPCS Communications Inc. this morning launched its LTE service in the Las Vegas area offering customers the chance to be the first to sample … Read more
The Austrian telecoms regulator has concluded the auction of the country’s 2.6GHz spectrum, to be used for LTE deployments, raising €39.5m from the four incumbent operators Telekom Austria, Hutchison, T-Mobile and Orange.
A proposed notice of rulemaking before the FCC exposes an interesting challenge in balancing what’s good for consumers with what can be done in practical equipment. Open is good, right? Like motherhood and apple pie? Right…but the RF challenges of covering the myriad bands and segments which make up “700MHz” are prodigious. An open terminal which doesn’t work properly in any band benefits no-one.
A nice special report by Mike Dano of Fierce Wireless.
The European Commission has published a plan advocating rapid and coordinated action to make spectrum available for wireless broadband, including:
- Licence harmonised bands (900, 1800, 2.6, and 3.5 GHz) by 2012
- Open 800 MHz for wireless broadband by January 2013
The context for this is the enormous opportunity for generating economic and social benefits. The commission stated:
“Services which rely on the EU’s radio spectrum represent 2% to 2.5 % of annual European gross domestic product, i.e. more than € 250 billion”
AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by the end of next year, a top executive said.
- Fierce Wireless
AT&T will launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, cover between 70 -75 mill POPs by end next year http://bit.ly/dhIkgA – Fierce Wireless