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#TBT: Dish provides to spectrum holdings; Leap indicators wholesale take care of Clearwire; Anticipating 802.11ac … this week in 2012

Editor’s Notice: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Fireplace up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!

Dish provides extra spectrum to its holdings

Dish Community (DISH) stated it has closed on an acquisition of BDSD North America and “considerably all the belongings of TerreStar Networks,” which has helped Dish safe 40 megahertz of nationwide spectrum within the 2 GHz band. These spectrum holdings have develop into a scorching merchandise within the cell house as established operators proceed searching for avenues to bolster their service choices. Dish bid almost $1.4 billion for TerreStar’s belongings final yr by means of a chapter public sale. Dish not too long ago noticed its plans to launch a cell community postponed by the Federal Communications Fee, which referred to as for a proper debate with regard to Dish’s try and … Learn extra

T-Mo aligns itself with rural operators

The Rural Mobile Affiliation, which these days wish to be referred to as RCA – The Aggressive Service Affiliation, continued to develop its base of huge operators by welcoming T-Cell USA to the fold. RCA, which counts greater than 100 provider members, final yr added MetroPCS and Dash Nextel to its membership that now principally consists of most home operators save Verizon Wi-fi and AT&T Mobility. That’s to not say that the “Huge 2” have ignored RCA as in reality Verizon Wi-fi has on quite a few events been featured as a visitor speaker at RCA’s occasions touting its LTE in Rural America program. That program has up to now attracted greater than a dozen rural operators, with plans for the first community launches later this yr. “We share RCA’s aim of selling a wholesome, aggressive wi-fi business and look ahead to working with the opposite RCA members on advocacy efforts that advance competitors and finally profit US wi-fi,” stated T-Cell USA normal counsel and EVP Dave Miller in a press release. It must be famous that T-Cell USA joins RCA following AT&T’s failed try to amass the nation’s No. 4 provider, which was vehemently opposed by RCA and its members. … Learn extra

Leap indicators wholesale take care of Clearwire

Having seen its earlier LTE roaming associate stumble over spectrum considerations, Leap Wi-fi immediately introduced a five-year wholesale take care of Clearwire. The settlement will present Leap and its Cricket model with LTE protection for purchasers when they’re exterior of the corporate’s native markets. Monetary phrases of the deal weren’t launched. Macquarie Equities Analysis famous that the deal might present Clearwire with a “few hundred million {dollars} per yr in incremental [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.” Clearwire’s (CLWR) stock was up more than 4% in early Wednesday trading, while Leap’s (LEAP) stock was trading down just over 1%. Leap currently provides LTE services using its 1.7/2.1 GHz spectrum in Tucson, Ariz., with plans to expand the technology to cover 25 million potential customers by the end of this year and across two-thirds of its current CDMA network footprint over the next three years. The carrier last year announced an LTE roaming agreement with LightSquared, which appears to have fallen apart as LightSquared has been unable to gain access to its spectrum assets. Leap currently relies on Sprint Nextel for a 3G roaming agreement that allows the carrier to offer both roaming services to customers that stray outside of its home markets as well as to offer 3G services in markets where it does not control its own network. … Read more

AT&T, Verizon gear up for another iPad launch

With talk that supplies could be limited at launch, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility have begun ramping up marketing efforts for Apple’s latest iPad model, which is set to hit stores March 16. Both carriers, which are the two domestic carriers tapped to offer the LTE-equipped version of the device, are promoting the March 16 launch date on their websites, with similar prices for the LTE models: $630 for the 16 gigabyte model; $730 for the 32 GB model; and $830 for the 64 GB model. Those prices are a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi only models. As for data pricing across the cellular networks, Verizon Wireless is showing current plans starting at $30 for 2 GB of data transmission, $50 for 5 GB and $80 for 10 GB, with no contract required. Overage charges are priced at $10 per gigabyte for those choosing a contract. AT&T Mobility for its part is charging $15 per month for 250 megabytes of cellular use, $30 for 3 GB and $50 for 5 GB. … Read more

Ofcom considers spectrum position for 4G

The United Kingdom took a step closer to next-generation mobile broadband services as the country’s regulatory body said it would begin looking at allowing current mobile providers to tap into their 2G and 3G spectrum holdings to offer LTE-based services. Traditionally, European countries have tied specific spectrum bands to network technologies, which resulted in the so-called “2G” and “3G” spectrum auctions. However, as plans to auction off “4G” spectrum are not expected in the near term and consumer demand for such services is spiking, Ofcom said it has released a proposal that would allow LTE services to be launched using 2G and 3G spectrum as early as this year. The move follows an announcement last month from Everything Everywhere – a joint venture between German Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile and France Telecom’s Orange – that laid out its plans for LTE services it expected to have commercially launched later this year. The carrier is currently trialing LTE services using its 800 MHz spectrum holdings in Cornwall, with plans to add a trial using its 1.8 GHz spectrum assets in the Bristol area in April. “Allowing Everything Everywhere to reuse its spectrum in this way is likely to bring material benefits to consumers, including faster mobile broadband speeds and – depending on how Everything Everywhere uses the spectrum – potentially wider mobile broadband coverage in rural areas,” Ofcom noted in a statement. … Read more

802.11ac: It matters, just not yet

In the good old days, the IEEE or a similar standards body would go through the long, intentionally-arduous process of developing a new standard. Then a subset of that standard would be certified by a trade association, like the Wi-Fi Alliance, for purposes of interoperability, as the IEEE doesn’t specify compliance or interoperability testing as part of a standard. Then vendors would produce products based on the interoperability specification, and customers, armed with the warm, fuzzy feeling that standards and interoperability certifications bring, and benefitting from the lower prices and improved performance that are the usual perks of a competitive market at all layers of the food chain, would consequently profit from productivity gains inherent in a technology sufficiently advanced to merit the process just described. Today, however, the hyper-competitive nature of the market for wireless local area networks has flipped that sequence of events on its head. We’ve already seen announcements this year of (claimed) 802.11ac-compliant chipsets and even a few end-user products from leading vendors, this despite the fact that there is not yet a standard in existence to claim compliance with. OK, there are drafts, but the Wi-Fi Alliance is at least a year, I believe, from issuing its initial interoperability specification and likely two years will elapse before this work is completely finished. Why, then, is there such a rush to get 802.11ac products into the market? … Read more

Check out the RCR Wireless News Archives for more stories from the past.



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