Auction of 10MHz airwaves expected to fetch at least $1.6B
The Federal Communications Commission has started its first major wireless spectrum auction in six years, with more auctions set to occur over the next 24 months. The Wall Street Journal reports today's auction will be for H-block spectrum, a block of 10MHz paired airwaves which is expected to be sold for at least $1.6 billion, with Dish Network likely to be the biggest winner.
LightSquared acquisition failure follows similar Clearwire, Sprint attempts
Dish Network will soon be ending a bid to acquire LightSquared, according to a report. The proposal, originally placed in May last year and said to be worth $2.2 billion, would have seen the satellite TV provider take control of LightSquared's L-band satellite spectrum and potentially use it for an LTE cellular network, though this is apparently no longer going to happen.
Regulator Ofcom wants to raise 900MHz, 1800MHz charges by factor of four
Carriers in the United Kingdom will be forced to pay more for its spectrum, if a regulator gets its way. A consultation by Ofcom states that it hopes to increase the annual license fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum in the country, with carriers facing the prospect of paying more than four times as much for already-allocated spectrum.
Move expected to cost DoD $3.5 billion, somewhat offset by sale
As part of the FCC's initiative to reclaim unused and poorly-utilized bandwidth, the US Department of Defense is proposing that it compress some of its use of allocated bandwidth, freeing up some for auction. The military is looking at moving all traffic into the 1780-1850MHz region of the spectrum, making available the 1755 to 1780MHz and 2025-2110MHz bands for sale.
Extra 10MHz of spectrum to help coverage in Mississippi Valley region
T-Mobile has signed an agreement to secure an extra 10MHz of Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) from U.S. Cellular for $308 million. The deal for extra spectrum, which still requires approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission before being finalized, will help improve 4G LTE coverage in the Mississippi Valley region, which covers 32 million people in 29 markets.
SEC filing by Clearwire mentions 'Party J,' believed to be Verizon
Verizon wants to lease spectrum from Clearwire, in order to improve its 4G LTE offering, according to reports. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Clearwire mentions an offer from "Party J," believed to be Verizon, for spectrum in a number of markets for between $1 billion and $1.5 billion collectively.
Total of 4G auction winning bids lower than anticipated
UK regulator Ofcom has closed its 4G spectrum auction earlier than anticipated. Mainstream British carriers Vodafone, Telefonica, Everything Everywhere, and Three, as well as BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, have won various sections of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands, though the money earned by the UK Treasury through the auction is far below what it expected.
Bands reserved since 1999 for vehicles may suffer from interference
Technologies being developed to aid in communications between cars may be affected by the Federal Communications Commission's plan to increase Wi-Fi spectrum. Bands reserved since 1999 for car-to-car communication may become collateral damage in the FCC's search for more wireless spectrum, and potentially puts the future of self-driving vehicles at risk.
High Tech Spectrum Coalition formed to spotlight issues
The High Tech Spectrum Coalition, a 'supergroup' of technology companies led by Apple and Samsung, petitioned Congress on Tuesday to provide more broadcast bandwidth for smartphones and tablet computers. The sent letter encourages the House and Senate technology committees to evaluate auctioning some of the spectrum currently in use by the federal government.
Financial terms not diclosed; purchase covers 2.1 million customers
Pending FCC approval, wireless service provider Clear Talk has agreed to purchase 10 lower 700MHz B-block licenses covering five markets in Texas, as well as one in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, and New Mexico. The announcement is the third, and largest, since Verizon announced the spectrum sale, with Nortex Communications in Texas and Panhandle Telecommunications Systems in Oklahoma each signing agreements.
Spectrum auction set to finish before April 2013
UK regulator Ofcom has issued rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction in the country. The newly-released timetable will see network operators such as Vodafone and O2 submit bids for spectrum from January onwards, with the combined reserve prices for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz ranges being auctioned totaling over £1.3 billion ($2 billion).
Spectrum deal covers 45 markets, 150M population
Dish Network has settled its lawsuit with Voom HD, allowing AMC back on Dish as of last night. The channels were initially dropped due to claimed high costs for AMC channels despite a relatively low viewership, though it appears more connected to a separate wireless spectrum-related lawsuit that has now ceased.
Evaluating plans for purchase, consolidation, future sale of spectrum
In February, Congress passed legislation allowing the FCC to re-allocate wireless spectrum by acquiring it from television broadcasters. The three-phase plan to re-acquire bandwidth has entered the rule-making process on Friday. The reverse auction process will allow the FCC to rearrange the remaining broadcasters to make larger blocks of spectrum available for other uses, such as existing wireless internet technology, or other future technologies. Unallocated spectrum will be placed up for auction, with the government expecting to make more money on the auction that it did buying the bandwidth freed by the shift to digital broadcasting. The FCC is seeking public comment on the details of the plan.
Deal awaits regulatory approval
Despite the vocal dispute between Verizon and T-Mobile regarding spectrum ownership, both companies have established a swap and sale agreement for Advanced Wireless Services-band (AWS) licenses in several hundred US markets. The companies suggest the spectrum transfer will help bolster their respective LTE expansion plans.
Verizon and Time Warner start on new partnership
Verizonís controversial $3.6 billion acquisition of AWS spectrum licenses from cable companies initiated late last year has now borne fruit with its wireless services now being offered
with Time Warner Cable bundles. When the deal was first announced, it was intended that Verizon would partner with the cable companies to help expand their services. Time Warner explains in its FAQ that the new bundle now offers customers the opportunity to also enjoy content wirelessly on mobile devices as well.
Transition set for 2014
Sprint is reportedly set to reallocate its 800MHz spectrum to be used for 4G LTE network technology. The company currently uses its 800MHz block for the aging iDEN standard, which is utilized for push-to-talk devices, however network operations president Steve Elfman claims the band eventually will be used for LTE, according to quotes posted by FierceWireless.
Commission scrutinizes $3.9 billion deal
The Federal Communications Commission has reportedly demanded additional information from Verizon and several cable companies, as part of an ongoing investigation into an AWS spectrum licensing deal. The Commission just days ago was asked to scrutinize the proposal, in a letter authored by Verizon competitors T-Mobile and DirecTV, among others.
Verizon: Android 4.0 update for 14 devices coming
Verizon has just revealed which of its devices will be getting an upgrade to Android 4.0. While no dates were revealed, the carrier only promised that the updates will arrive sometime this year. Only 4G LTE-compatible hardware appeared to be enjoying the update, however.
Verizon entices buyers ahead of WMC
Verizon has made a surprise move to cut the pricing of the HTC Rezound and the LG Spectrum LTE phones down to $100 on a two-year contract plus a data pack at a minimum cost of an additional $30. The price drop comes around just a month after the LG Spectrum first launched on the network and around three months since the HTC Rezound first arrived. Both devices carry high-end specs and expected to be upgraded to Android 4.0 sometime after March.
LG beats own chest with 1m Optimus LTE sales
LG Electronics on Wednesday revealed that its Optimus LTE handsets have sold more than one million units. The Android 2.3 device, touted by its maker as the first that combines an HD touchscreen with LTE for 4G, is sold in Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the US, sometimes under different names. The device sold 600,000 in its first three months on the market in Korea after its October launch last year.
LG Spectrum $200 at Verizon on $70 minimum plan
As expected the LG Spectrum we had a chance to check out at CES has launched at Verizon on Thursday. It sports a 4.5-inch, 720p display and connects to the carrier's 4G LTE network in areas that support it. The handset launches with Android 2.3.5 but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 in the future.
Dual-core 1.5GHz CPU paired with 720p display
Among the high-end smartphones introduced at CES, LG added its Spectrum handset to the crowd of upcoming Android devices. Electronista took a closer look at the company's new Android flagship, which features 4G LTE connectivity, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 720p HD display.
LG Spectrum leaks in full ahead of launch
The LG Spectrum has had virtually all of its details spoiled through a discovery Thursday. Confirming that it's a Verizon-specific version of the Optimus LTE, Droid-Life showed that it would have the same 4.5-inch, 720p display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and namesake 4G. LG's customized Android 2.3 would stay intact aside from preloaded, Verizon-exclusive HD ESPN Scorecenter and Netflix HD apps as well as Swype's keyboard.
Verizon's first LTE global handsets?
LG's Spectrum and HTC's Fireball handsets may be the first of Verizon's 4G LTE devices to offer global roaming capabilities. A leaked screenshot from Verizon's internal systems, which was posted on Droid-Life, suggests both devices have received the "global phone" designation that would allow users to take advantage of GSM networks while travelling.