According to Wells Fargo Securities (as picked up by Fierce Wireless), more than 40 percent of Sprint’s total network traffic is being carried on its 2.5 GigaHertz airwaves, with the fourth biggest wireless carrier in the United States not showing any signs of significant congestion lately. The mobile service provider had taken some flak over the last few months for lowering its spending on network infrastructure.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently revealed that it will now have the capability to provide a very generous 126 MegaHertz (which is equivalent to 10 paired blocks) of licensed spectrum almost covering the entire country in the forward section of its 600 MegaHertz incentive auction. This is certainly a win for Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, and this move has the potential of setting up an opportunity for a new mobile network service provider to launch its operations here in the United States.
The world is heading into a 5G technology driven future, and major wireless carriers in the United States as well as the country’s regulators are helping paving the way. But as warned by Amir Rozwadowski of Barclays, the transition will not be a walk in the park. Via a research note, Rozwadowski cited the great promise of 5G networks, but also emphasizes the challenges ahead for those involved in bringing this technology to life.
T-Mobile has always talked about continuously finding ways to improve its wireless coverage and ultimately build a truly nationwide mobile network. Well, its latest move puts the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States closer to achieving that goal. The company has just announced that it had acquired more of the spectrum in the low frequency 700 MegaHertz bands.
Despite urgings from companies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided not to increase the spectrum reserve for the upcoming spectrum auction happening in 2016. This means that those parties (especially T-Mobile) will just have to do with the current amount of reserved airwaves when they participate in next year's wireless auction, which could be the last the FCC is expected to hold for a long time.
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