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T-Mobile meets with FCC to discuss 600MHz rollout

T-Mobile has repeatedly said that it plans to light up its first 600MHz cell sites this year, and recently T-Mo met with the FCC to discuss those rollout efforts. In its meeting with FCC representatives, T-Mobile talked up its plans to rapidly roll out its 600MHz network and the importance of this coverage. T-Mo explained that the 600MHz rollout will “[bring] new competition and choice to rural areas previously unserved by T-Mobile.” T-Mobile also shared … [read full article]

T-Mobile CTO urges FCC to make 3.5GHz band more favorable for 5G

T-Mobile has said that it plans to use 600MHz and high-band millimeter wave spectrum for its 5G coverage, and now T-Mo is making an effort to get more mid-band spectrum for 5G use, too. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has published a blog post that makes arguments for why the FCC should make the 3.5GHz (3550-3700MHz) band spectrum available for 5G networks. Ray argues that the 3.5GHz band would be a good mid-band option for 5G … [read full article]

FCC announces results of 600MHz auction, T-Mobile wins more spectrum than any other company

The FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction officially wrapped up earlier this year following a lot of back and forth between the TV broadcasters, the FCC, and the auction bidders. Now the results of that auction have come out. T-Mobile announced today that it came away with 1,525 licenses and an average of 31 MHz nationwide, which it spent a total of $7.99 billion on. T-Mo won 45 percent of all of the low-band spectrum available … [read full article]

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

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 … [read full article]

Samsung Galaxy S8 hits the FCC with support for LTE band 66

We have to wait until March 29 for Samsung to officially unveil the Galaxy S8, but today an FCC filing appears to have revealed some interesting info about the upcoming flagship. Today the FCC publishing its testing info for a Samsung device with the model number SM-G950U, which is thought to be the unlocked Galaxy S8. That’s because the model number fits with previous Samsung Galaxy S flagships. For example, the unlocked Galaxy S7 … [read full article]

T-Mobile launching LTE-U in spring 2017 to increase LTE capacity

After running tests with Qualcomm in early 2016, T-Mobile today announced plans to officially launch LTE-U (LTE for unlicensed). T-Mobile says that it’ll launch LTE-U network capabilities and devices this spring. With LTE-U, T-Mobile will utilize the first 20 MHz of unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band, which will enable it to boost its LTE capacity. Here’s how T-Mo explains LTE-U “LTE-U devices and equipment intelligently tap into and share underutilized unlicensed spectrum without affecting … [read full article]

FCC ends investigation into zero-rating services

Back in late 2015, the FCC said that it wanted to meet with T-Mobile regarding Binge On, and the agency later investigated AT&T and Verizon’s zero-rated services, too. Fast-forward to today and those investigations have come to a close. The FCC today said that it has put an end into its investigation into the carriers’ zero-rating programs. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly issued an official statement on the situation, saying that carriers can continue developing their … [read full article]

FCC says 600MHz incentive auction requirements have been met

After several rounds of back and forth between the broadcasters and bidders, the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction is finally moving forward. The FCC today confirmed that with today’s rounds in the forward auction, the requirements of the Final Stage Rule has been met. That means that the auction will come to an end in Stage 4. The auction proceeds as of the second bidding round are $18.2 billion, surpassing the $10 billion clearing cost … [read full article]

Stage 4 clearing cost in FCC incentive auction set at $10 billion

The start of the new year has brought with it more news on the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction. The reverse part of the FCC’s auction finished recently, and the clearing cost was set at $10 billion for 84 MHz of spectrum. That’s considerably less than it was in the past three stages, which was $86.4 billion in Stage 1, $54.6 billion in Stage 2, and $40.3 billion for Stage 3. Now that … [read full article]

FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction completes Stage 3, clearing cost still not met

The FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction rolled on today with the completion of Stage 3, and it went pretty much just like the past stages did. The clearing cost for Stage 3 of the reverse auction was set at $40.3 billion, which is the target amount that the bidders in the auction would need to offer for the auction to continue forward. However, the bidders only offered up $19.7 billion for the 108MHz of spectrum … [read full article]