FCC ruling on 800MHz band a boon for Sprint

FCC ruling on 800MHz band a boon for Sprint

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved a rule change for part of the 800MHz band at a meeting on Thursday, opening the door for Sprint Nextel to use the band for its 4G LTE network.

FCC ruling on 800MHz band a boon for Sprint

Sprint has frequencies in the 800MHz SMR (Specialized Mobile Radio) band that so far have been dedicated to the iDEN network, which delivers the narrowband 2G service that Sprint acquired by buying Nextel in 2005. When the FCC carried out a rebanding project several years ago to eliminate interference between iDEN and public safety radios, it decided that services on those frequencies couldn’t use channels wider than 25KHz. That channel width can’t support anything more than a narrowband service such as iDEN, which delivers average throughput of 20Kbps (bits per second) to 30Kbps.

via FCC ruling on 800MHz band a boon for Sprint.

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