The winners are out
If you were looking for surprise winners out of the blockbuster 4G spectrum auction that ended Thursday, then you’ll likely be disappointed. Only…
The auction that won't end
It’s been more than a month, but the FCC’s auction of 4G airwaves is still chugging along to the surprise of many…
The first major U.S. spectrum auction since 2008 got underway on Thursday as carriers across the country looked to add to their 4G spectrum holdings.
The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom has just released an interactive “map” of the country’s radio spectrum, showing which frequencies are assigned to…
In what came as a little surprise, Dish Network(s dish) has walked away with every one of the 176 spectrum licenses the…
At the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015, one of the key debates will be whether to allocate more spectrum to wireless services. Yet, the data that informs this debate is deeply flawed, according to Tim Farrar, and overestimates the demand by as much as 1200 times.
The mobile data deluge isn’t a problem today, but we will need smarter apps and different networks to keep those digital bits traveling the airwaves. Here’s how those apps and networks may look.
Vodafone has turned on 4G services, starting in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. It’s not the first carrier to do so in The Netherlands, but it is the first to start running 4G over 1800MHz spectrum.
Valuing spectrum often focused on how well the frequencies pass through walls and how far they travel. Coverage will always be important, but now we need to increasingly focus on capacity.
EE is doubling the amount of 1800MHz capacity it is dedicating to LTE, meaning many customers will get real-world speeds of over 20Mbps. The move comes as EE’s rivals prepare to launch 4G services.
After bidding hit the billion-dollar mark, the Czech telecoms regulator suspended the country’s 4G spectrum auction. Why? Because such high bids would have slowed investment and led to excessive mobile broadband prices for consumers.
Sprint needs spectrum and Clearwire has it. Here’s what’s behind Spint’s $2.1 billion offer for the remainder of the shares it doesn’t own in Clearwire. The deal, which values Clearwire at $4 billion, would close out a year of spectrum-related acquisitions in the mobile space.
The presidential election will have big impacts on our nation’s tax policies and spending plans over the next four years, but who wins or loses will also play a role in telecommunications policies that will affect every individual on their cell phone and their land lines.
No iPhone for T-Mobile, but exasperated T-Mo customers, take heart. The iPhone 5’s configuration aligns perfectly with the new network upgrades T-Mobile is rolling out today. It will take a year for the network to be fully LTE compatible, but T-Mobile isn’t waiting that long.
The FCC is moving forward with a controversial plan to entice broadcasters to give up their airwaves so they can later be auctioned off to carriers who need more spectrum to deliver mobile broadband. FCC officials expect the auction in 2014.
Last year, regional operator C Spire became the first small carrier in the U.S. to land the iPhone, but it’s good fortune may not continue if Apple launches an LTE smartphone. Spectrum fragmentation may keep Apple’s newest fastest device out of the small carriers’ hands.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is pitching a form of integrated wireless and wireline cable TV offering if the government approves its plans to buy $4 billion worth of spectrum from a variety of cable companies. But his plans don’t make sense as business or for consumers.
I know we’re freaked out about spectrum shortages, but new advances in chip technology can help. Thanks to recent research at the University of Texas at Dallas and the Semiconductor Research Corporation, we may soon be able to tap into the terahertz wavelengths.
Next-generation LTE mobile broadband networks won’t unify global communications anytime soon, if ever. A new Wireless Intelligence report published Friday estimates more than 200 LTE networks will have launched around the world by 2015. That’s great news, but they’ll use 38 different frequencies. Fragmentation, anyone?
Even with a new cash infusion from Sprint, Clearwire’s LTE plans remain conservative. Given their combined spectrum resources, the two operators could build the biggest, baddest 4G network in the industry. The question is do they have the ambition — and the cash — to do it?
A big move for Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) today, and something of a seismic shift for the cable industry as it moves away from its fixation…
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks are selling off the spectrum remnants of their stillborn wireless venture, SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion. The deal allows Verizon to double up on its LTE network, while creating a new alliance between Verizon and cable.
Clearwire is hinting it may default on loans to save cash, which could be the first step toward bankruptcy. If that happens, Sprint stands to lose the most. Not only is it Clearwire’s largest shareholder, but Sprint’s 4G strategy is tied up in Clearwire’s spectrum hoard.
Sprint is calling foul on AT&T’s attempt to sell off mobile broadband licenses while simultaneously arguing the need to acquire T-Mobile’s spectrum. Sprint’s been plenty right in its criticisms of the AT&T-Mo deal in the past, but this time Sprint’s wrong.
Massive growth in data traffic driven by smartphone adoption and usage, coupled with more spectrally efficient air interfaces such as HSPA+ or LTE, have added increased pressure on backhaul requirements, turning a once boring business into an exciting space. More exacting requirements and greater competition will ultimately enable more growth prospects over the next few years. We also expect to see increased adoption of wireless backhaul worldwide, with PMP and E-band technologies delivering increasingly attractive and cost-effective solutions for the new LTE networks. Companies mentioned in this report include BLiNQ, Cambridge Broadband Networks and Siklu. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.
The cost of delivering a gigabyte of data will surpass the cost carriers receive for said gigabyte some time in early 2013, according to a chart provided by telecommunications gear vendor Tellabs.
After the Department of Justice surprised pretty much everyone by suing to stop AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile, the nation’s No. 2 carrier isn’t taking defeat lying down. It has vowed to fight the suit in a statement released this morning.
AT&T, on Thursday somehow managed to file a document relating to its T-Mobile acquisition that wasn’t redacted, which noted that it would have to spend $3.8 billion to cover rural areas with its planned LTE network.
Clearwire, which abruptly lost its CEO earlier this year, has promoted Erik Prusch, the wireless company’s chief operating officer, to the top spot on Wednesday. Prusch replaces interim CEO John Stanton, who will assume the role of executive chairman of the board.
The Federal Communications Commission said it would combine the review of AT&T’s purchase of spectrum from Qualcomm with the agency’s review of Ma Bell’s $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile. Is the FCC worried about consolidating so much spectrum into the hands of one company?
AT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones during the second quarter, with Android and BlackBerry devices making up the remaining 40 percent of Ma Bell’s smartphone sales. Those high-end handsets are generating more money for AT&T in other ways — such as increasing texting and MMS revenue and usage.
A draft GOP bill to auction off TV broadcast spectrum could become embroiled in the ongoing feud between President Obama and congressional R…
Verizon stops offering unlimited plans on Thursday for new customers, and much like when AT&T halted its unlimited plans last June, the world will not end. However, it will get more confusing for both consumers and developers. What else could Verizon have done?
Could satellites help provide the fat pipes needed to meet our mobile data demand? Eutelsat’s latest bird can deliver 70 gigabits per second, but before we get out the party hats and start funding satellites, it’s worth understanding the drawbacks.
The FCC’s net neutrality rules are their final steps to becoming a real law. Soon they will be on their way to the Federal Register. Once that happens, anyone can file a lawsuit and get the ball rolling on testing the rules in court.
AT&T on Wednesday announced that it will launch its initial LTE service in five markets – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. GigaOM had an exclusive first look at the carrier’s LTE network that offered speeds of almost 30 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up.
AT&T is reportedly preparing to turn on its LTE 4G network on in New York City by the end of June and then flip the switch on Los Angeles less than a month later. That would be consistent with previously announced plans for an LTE roll-out.
At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile, support was tepid for the merger. And most support associated with the deal was conditioned to a point where the FCC would be put in charge of regulating prices, speeds and perhaps access to devices.
The FCC and the DoJ’s review of the $39-billion buy of T-Mobile by AT&T began today. The good news is there’s now a place to file a complaint and the bad news is it’s unclear if the government will stand up for consumers on this deal.
This week, the broadcast industry is meeting in Las Vegas. However, amid this collegial gathering of industry folks a $33 billion fight is brewing. The fight is nothing short of an entertainment battle royal with TV on one side and the iPhone on the other.
Eleven years ago Britain’s auction of 3G wireless spectrum broke records by raising more than $36.7 billion. So today, when the news broke that the even faster 4G spectrum will be auctioned off next year, why were analysts so underwhelmed?
AT&T justified its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile this morning with three main points, spectrum, synergies and the public good. Against a background of incredible data growth, AT&T is ready to recreate a wireless duopoly that mirrors the wireline duopoly we have today.
AT&T has said it plans to acquire T-Mobile in a deal worth $39 billion. While AT&T has the experience and lobbying muscle to push a deal of this magnitude forward at the FCC and the Department of Justice, here’s how to make your individual voice heard.
Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly talking up a possible deal. But if the story wasn’t T-Mobile in talks with Sprint, it would involve one or the other in talks with LightSquared, the startup network backed by Harbinger Capital Partners, Clearwire or even MetroPCS. Here’s why.
Not to be outdone by the U.S. government estimates that spectrum currently set aside for digital TV transmission is worth $27.8 billion, CTIA and the Consumer Electronic Association said those airwaves were worth $33 billion. But these estimates make several assumptions.
The FCC is planning the equivalent of a “take back the airwaves” campaign to address a shortage in spectrum that will hit by 2013. Today, the agency released a paper detailing the growth of mobile broadband and its plans to get more spectrum.
President Barack Obama today has signed a memorandum supporting the release of 500 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband services. As gestures go, this is a nice one akin with the president’s support for network neutrality. It’s a big endorsement, but ultimately could mean little.
The FCC is seeking input so it can allocate airwaves currently used primarily by weather balloons and weather satellite for wireless broadband. It is the first step toward getting 35 more megahertz so operators can support Farmville on the iPhone or Pandora on cell networks.
The FCC today created a task force to help it bring about 500 MHz of spectrum to market over the next decade as dictated by the National Broadband Plan. I checked in with a co-chair of the group to see what it’s up against.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski came to our office today to talk about broadband, and during both the event itself and the conversations I had with people before and after, it became clear to me how optimistic many of us should be about the New FCC.
The Federal Communications Commission has its eye on television broadcast spectrum, an analyst group has confirmed. At stake is about 300 MHz…