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AT&T shoots for 2015 launch of new LTE network

AT&T aims in three years to have a new LTE network up in the airwaves the FCC just approved for 4G use. In the rather plodding world of telecom, three years is a quick timeline. But AT&T has political and strategic reasons for moving soon.

Pioneer launches rural LTE over Verizon spectrum

Pioneer Cellular has added a small but notable entry to the growing list of LTE networks in the U.S. Telecompetitor reports Pioneer’s LTE service has gone live in six counties in Oklahoma, making it the first of Verizon’s “LTE in Rural America” partners to launch.

Verizon unloading LTE spectrum; AT&T, open your wallet

Verizon Wireless is hosting a fire sale on LTE spectrum, revealing it will “rationalize” its spectrum holdings by discarding extra 700 MHz licenses. The sale would basically make Verizon’s LTE rollout a lot easier, but it would also sound the death knell for interoperable LTE devices.

Canada gets two new LTE networks thanks to Rogers

Rogers is maintaining its steady LTE rollout pace up north, lighting up Calgary and Halifax Monday, bringing its total 4G coverage to 12 million people. Given the small population, Canadian operators are on track to match the U.S. in blanketing metropolitan areas with 4G next year.

Infographic: Making sense of the spectrum debate

We’ve filled up a lot of posts at GigaOM discussing spectrum and the supposed capacity crunch carriers face, but all those references to megahertz and gigahertz can get somewhat confusing. Luckily RootMetrics has prepared a handy graphical primer explaining the ins and out of the airwaves.

T-Mobile embraces new ‘rural’ carrier role in 4G debate

T-Mobile USA is asking the Federal Communications Commission to require that all LTE devices in the 700 MHz band be interoperable, a requirement that would benefit a bunch of small operators. Ironically, one carrier that benefits little from the rule change is T-Mobile.

Meet the spectrum bosses

If AT&T-Mo’s failure taught us anything it’s that big U.S. operators can no longer grow by acquiring each other. Instead they’re going to have to buy up what unused spectrum is left on the market to stockpile fuel for their future mobile broadband networks.

AT&T awfully picky about the spectrum it claims to need

AT&T-Mo may be stalled, but Ma Bell is aiming for a consolation prize: Qualcomm’s 700 MHz spectrum. Regulators, however, may impose restrictions on the deal making it easier for small operators to get new smartphones and strike roaming agreements. AT&T is threatening to scrap the deal.

Why won’t Verizon and AT&T compete on even ground with LTE?

Sascha Segan confirms one of my biggest fears: Although both AT&T and Verizon own 700 MHz spectrum for next-generation LTE networks, each will use different frequencies. So much for true competition where customers can easily move their phones to whomever provides the best or cheapest service.

Cox’s Wireless Plans Taking Shape

Cox Communications is one cable company that is wasting no time and embracing wireless. Cox’s wireless subsidiary, Cox Wireless, spent around $304…

FCC Duped By Google In Auction: Republicans

There’s quite a bit being written on the remarks of some Republican senators that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) “gamed” the 700 MHz auction, and “dupe…

Lawmakers Reconsider In Wake Of 700 MHz Auction

The failure of the D-Block to pass the reserve price was front-and-centre at a House telecom subcommittee hearing, with the lawmakers and FC…

Spectrum Auction Slowly Coming To A Close

The government spectrum auction is slowing to a trickle and nearing to a close. In 16 days, and 71 completed rounds, a group of anonymous co…

Frontline Out of 700 MHz Auction

Frontline Wireless is apparently out of the 700 MHz auction, according to reports from RCR Wireless and the New York Times, as…

The Players In The 700 MHz Auction

It will be a while before the list of official bidders in the 700 MHz spectrum auction in the US are announced, but there are some statement…