Two hackers claim they can boost HSPA+ data speeds on Apple iPhone 5 smartphones being used on the T-Mobile US refarmed PCS 1900 MHz network.
Mobile broadband providers could gain access to more TV broadcast spectrum under a developing Senate bill that would essentially punish any broadcaster that moves certain programming from over-the-air availability to cable by requiring the FCC to auction that broadcaster's spectrum.
To see a disheartening example of what can happen when a government regulator tries to increase wireless competition by keeping spectrum from a nation's dominant operators, shoot a quick glance at the Great White North.
If dominant incumbent operators are punished for their success by having their access to additional spectrum restricted, the upshot may well be slower innovation rather than more competition, according to a new report from Robert Hahn and Peter Passell, economists specializing in regulation.
While 1800 MHz is becoming prime real estate for LTE deployments, APT700 MHz digital dividend spectrum continues to gain importance as a potential global band for LTE, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
March has roared in like a lion as far as TV white spaces (TVWS) are concerned, with a host of regulatory, standardization and new pilot activities being announced.
The FCC gave itself a pat on the back via a new white paper showing the agency has put the United States ahead of eight other developed nations when it comes to freeing spectrum for licensed mobile broadband. In addition, U.S. efforts to unleash unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband far outpace those of the European Union.
BARCELONA, Spain--Freeing up the 1755-1780 MHz block through spectrum sharing will not only aid U.S. mobile operators that desperately need additional frequencies for mobile broadband but it will also aid spectrum harmonization efforts across the Americas, said Neville Ray, T-Mobile USA CTO.
Recent regulatory battles highlight the downside of hurried spectrum refarming, meaning the rush to enable cutting-edge wireless broadband services can cause interference issues if done shortsightedly, negatively impacting not only existing services but sometimes even the new ones.
The FCC's move to release more 5 GHz frequencies for gigabit Wi-Fi use reflects efforts to develop and employ spectrum-sharing techniques to open up encumbered frequencies. It also highlights the ongoing battle between parties advocating for licensed vs. unlicensed spectrum allocations.