Tag Archives: Spectrum

US and Canada agree to share spectrum along border

If you’ve ever been to the US/Canada border, you know that service can become an issue. Fortunately for those who travel often between the two countries, or live near the border, it seems as if the issue is (at least temporarily) solved. The United States and Canada have agreed to share multiple bands of spectrum along the border. The agreement…

FCC proposes freeing up Wi-Fi for commercial aviation

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously voted in favor of taking comments on a proposal to free up 500MHz of the wireless spectrum for commercial aviation, in a move that could see Wi-Fi services on planes become faster, more reliable and cheaper. Currently, only 4MhZ of the spectrum is used for ground-to-air services that allow some…

Ofcom reveals outcome of UK 4G spectrum auction

News from across the pond now. Ofcom has just announced the results of the UK’s 4G spectrum auction. For those of you that don’t know, Ofcom is the independent regulator of the UK’s communication industry, and its their job to oversee the distribution of our shiny new 4G network. The UK’s main operators bid for their preferred chunk of the network, and the…

AT&T spends $1.9B on Verizon spectrum to improve LTE coverage

AT&T has just announced that it will spend $1.9 billion on purchasing 700MHz spectrum from its biggest rival, Verizon. The main reason behind this move is that it wants to focus on expanding its fast-growing LTE presence in the States. As note in the company’s press release: This acquisition complements AT&T’s existing holdings in the 700 MHz…

UK 4G auction begins, with 28 lots of mobile spectrum up for grabs by seven bidders

For us Brits, 4G isn’t what it is in America. There’s nothing wrong with the speeds that our (rather small) 4G network delivers, its more the fact that there is currently only one service provider offering such connectivity – Everything Everywhere (EE) – meaning that prices aren’t what you’d call cheap. Fortunately, however, things are looking up for us…

Rumor: T-Mobile may talk about iPhone compatible 1900MHz 3G network at WWDC

Well here is some interesting news following the discussions of T-Mobile being the only major US carrier not to carry the iPhone. A reader over at 9to5Mac told them that while walking by San Francisco’s Moscone West with his T-Mobile unlocked iPhone 4, he noted that his iPhone said “3G” (screenshot above). To those of you that don’t know, currently an…

LTE fragmentation could become problem for Apple

  (Image courtesy Cult of Mac) LTE is something almost every mobile user is beginning to want, and living in an area with Verizon’s 4G LTE coverage, I can tell you, it’s fast. Blazingly fast. At some times I will actually connect my iMac or MacBook to my HotSpot in order to use LTE over my home internet, because it’s just that fast. But where…

T-mobile to be iPhone-compatible by year’s end

You read the title right, and I wrote it right. With the iPhone and T-mobile US deal looking like it will never happen, the carrier has taken matters in to its own hands and has decided that – instead of waiting for the iPhone to be compatible with the 1700 bands – it should change its own bandwidths to match the Apple smartphone. Tmo’s CTO announced…

T-mobile + AT&T deal: Spectrum explained (video)

In yesterday’s Senate hearing one topic that kept on repeating more than any other was spectrum. AT&T’s argument has been that there just isn’t enough of it on its network to keep its customers happy. To explain what spectrum is and how it works the carrier released this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucduQfvCdT8 Essentially what is being…