Wireless companies are calling on Administration to come up with a plan to free up more government spectrum more quickly to deal with a spectrum crunch they say no amount of spectral efficiency can relieve.
In a letter to President Barack Obama Monday, the heads of CTIA: The Wireless Association, the High Tech Spectrum Coalition, the Information Technology Information Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association said that while getting up to 125 MHz of spectrum from broadcasters was a start, it would not be freed up for some time, and more needed to be done.
“What is needed is a commitment that identifies definitive bands and a specific implementable plan of action to provide regulatory certainty for investment,” they said.
via CTIA Calls on President to Light Fire Under Government Spectrum Reclamation – 2012-05-14 21:03:26 | Broadcasting & Cable.
The CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has accused companies of hoarding wireless spectrum while simultaneously raising alarms about a spectrum shortage.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), the co-chairmen of the Federal Spectrum Working Group, NAB CEO Gordon Smith urged lawmakers to investigate spectrum hoarding and warehousing by different players in the wireless industry, saying it is “vitally important to have a clear understanding of how the private sector is using spectrum.”
via Broadcasting chief accuses companies of hoarding spectrum – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.
Dan Mead takes an opportunity at CTIA to tell the audience that Verizon needs more spectrum and defend his company’s plan to buy it from cable companies.
Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead defended his company’s plan to buy wireless spectrum from cable operators during a keynote here Tuesday.
Mead emphasized the need for more wireless spectrum in the market to keep up with growing demand for wireless data services among consumers. He said it will take years for the Federal Communications Commission to auction off additional spectrum. And he said Verizon can’t wait: his company will need additional spectrum in some markets by 2013, and it will need even more by 2015.
via Verizon Wireless CEO: We don’t warehouse spectrum | CTIA 2012 – CNET Reviews.
Complaints about the shortage of wireless frequencies and a need for U.S. mobile carriers to consolidate will dominate the industry’s largest annual gathering next week, but regulatory uncertainty may leave the sector powerless to deal with its most pressing issues anytime soon.
via U.S. mobile industry faces spectrum, deal paralysis | Reuters.
On April 19, Verizon Wireless surprised many people by announcing that it would sell its 700MHz A-and B-block holdings if the Federal Communications Commission approves its proposed $3.9 billion purchase of SpectrumCo and Cox Communications’ Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) holdings (as well as a smaller spectrum swap with Leap Wireless). This comes despite Verizon’s recent well-publicized assertions that it will start running out of LTE capacity by 2013 if it doesn’t get approval for the SpectrumCo deal. That’s led some of us to wonder whether Verizon is really as short on spectrum as it claims.
via Verizon is selling its spectrum, but is anyone buying? — Broadband News and Analysis.
A U.S. official leading regulatory review of Verizon Wireless’s proposed $3.6 billion purchase of airwaves from cable companies met with T-Mobile USA Inc. executives at the company’s headquarters and heard criticism of the deal.
Rick Kaplan, chief of the wireless bureau of the Federal Communications Commission based in Washington D.C., met April 19 at T-Mobile’s suburban Seattle offices in Bellevue, Washington, where he spoke with Chief Executive Officer Philipp Humm, according to an April 20 filing posted on the agency’s website. Kaplan also spoke to the Washington Technology Industry Association trade group while in the Seattle area.
via FCC Wireless Chief Meets T-Mobile on Verizon Deal With Cable – Businessweek.
Verizon Wireless shed further light on its plans to offload its A- and B-Block 700 MHz licenses, noting that the move would “rationalize” its current spectrum holdings as it does not see those licenses fitting into its current plans.
Verizon Wireless announced yesterday that it would look to sell off a substantial chunk of its 700 MHz spectrum holdings if, and only if, the Federal Communications Commission approves a number of pending transactions involving the acquisition of 1.7/2.1 GHz spectrum.
via Verizon Wireless sheds light on 700 MHz offer; opponents not swayed | | Mobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless NewsMobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless News.