T-Mobile asks FCC for permission to test 3.5GHz equipment

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T-Mobile has some new testing that it wants to do, according to an FCC filing.

T-Mobile has asked the FCC for permission to perform tests in the 3550-3700 MHz band. Specifically, T-Mo wants to test pre-commercial equipment from April 15, 2017, to September 30, 2018. The testing will take place in Bellevue, Wash., where T-Mobile’s headquarters are located, as well as in nearby Bothell, Wash.

“T-Mobile wishes to start operating in the 3550-3700 MHz band to understand the propagation characteristics and gain a better understanding of new innovative services this band can offer,” the Un-carrier said in its request to the FCC.

In a statement to FierceWireless, T-Mo went on to say that it sees the 3.5GHz band as being able to offer more LTE spectrum, but that it’s also “ideal” for 5G use and that it’d like the current licensing rules for the band to be revisited to better align them with 5G requirements.

The FCC finalized its rules for the 3.5GHz band last year, offering up 150MHz for mobile broadband and other uses. Now T-Mobile and other carriers are interested in using the 3.5GHz band to help beef up their LTE networks and even possibly for 5G. For example, Verizon has said that it plans to utilize that spectrum as soon as it can. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how and when T-Mo and the other providers actually end up using the 3.5GHz band for their networks, but in the mean time, T-Mobile is going to experiment with the spectrum and see what it’s capable of.

Via: FierceWireless
Source: FCC

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  • samsung freud

    Are any of you visitors here working in the tmo research lab?
    How is the 5g testing coming along?

    • Acdc1a

      I’m concerned about all of this “5G” talk. There is no industry set standard yet. We’re probably going to have the same conversations that we had when 4G launched.

      • Jay Holm

        First of all it likely isn’t launching until late 2019 at the earliest, secondly people like us have no idea what type of uses multi-gigabit wireless data will enable, other than “IoT”, Internet of Things. A lot is going to change in the decade of the 2020’s. . .

  • steadymobb

    Wooo where I live

  • Polish Announce Table

    The higher the frequency, the more power required to get that signal farther, correct? I have no point.

    • taron19119

      Yes the higher the the less it goes but it’s better for higher date speeds

    • Vitaliy Shtym

      They are bidding in low frequencies too. They probably want to test a possibility of super fast data in densely populated areas

    • marque2

      Yes, but higher frequencies also allow higher data rates.

  • Sharti24

    Is the 3.5 unlicensed too? So theyre gonna use 3.5 and 5mhz?

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