Huawei and Vodafone GroupVOD.LN +0.02% announced that they have figured out a way to let mobile carriers combine two variants of 4G service, paving the way to more efficient use of wireless spectrum.
Count new Republican Federal Communications Commission commissioner Ajit Pai among those who want the agency to move swiftly to reclaim spectrum from broadcasters, as well as free up more bandwidth currently in government hands.
That is a according to a copy of his prepared testimony for a May 16 FCC oversight hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee
“To generalize, it is often true that studies will be promoted that tend to support the policy inclinations of the Chairman, under whose direction, after all, every draft decision is made.”
“[S]tatistics can lie. But cast as ‘studies’ by commentors, they take on the weight that a decision maker chooses to make of them.”
– Daniel Brenner
As a follow-on to its National Broadband Plan, the FCC last year released a Technical Paper intended to validate the Plan’s prediction of a 300 MHz mobile-broadband spectrum deficit by 2014. The Paper describes a spectrum requirements model that totals current spectrum assigned to mobile broadband and applies a multiplier based on expected demand, taking into account expected increased tower density and improvements in air-interface spectrum efficiency. The model’s result is a predicted deficit of 275 MHz in 2014, which rounds to 300 MHz. On the way toward that result, however, the analysis uses just a few of the available data forecasts, ignores offloading of macrocell data to Wi-Fi and femtocells, and assumes the continuation of flat-rate plans for consumers. Some of these oddities I noted in a post at the time. I had hoped the FCC would make the Paper a subject of public comment. That hasn’t happened. So, I’ve looked at the Paper in more detail. I find that when looking at the above factors in a more realistic manner, predicted spectrum requirements go down significantly.
“America cannot get this back after it is sold. Congress should postpone any auction considerations until after a thorough spectrum audit is completed,” Sinclair’s Mark Aitken said last November, before auction authority was granted. The NAB had dropped the matter by then, but in light of recent “spectrum-crisis” counterclaims, Smith again took up the cause.
“If this country is truly facing what many are calling a spectrum ‘crisis,’ then Congress should require a comprehensive inventory that details who is using spectrum today,” he wrote.
COMMENT – I will say this again and again. The wireless guys do NOT really want our spectrum, they want our business. Take away spectrum (our oxygen) and we die. We are just in their way to total dominance. This news from T-Mobile underscores and is just another reflection on the reality of physics and impact on the nature of a unicast architecture when the demand is point-to-point personalized data. UHF – GREAT propagation. Good for broadcast, bad for unicast by the nature of the primary limitation of the service infrastructure. The problem for the big wireless folks is the following. They ‘conned’ Congress into giving the FCC what they wanted – auction authority. What Congress did not know is the the intent was to harm broadcasting (deprive us of oxygen), and enable the carriers (picking winners and losers). Maybe the story they have told can be suitably ‘de-constructed’? – MisterDTV
Verizon’s proposed purchase of $3.9 billion worth of US wireless spectrum formerly reserved for over-the-air cable broadcasts is not sitting well with competitor T-Mobile, as they’ve said before. Today T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm made it clear in no uncertain terms that the company wasn’t interested in the bands that Verizon proposed to sell as a concession for its acquisition of prime wireless real estate in the AWS spectrum.
COMMENT – So, just make sure you make note…’sharing’ means Broadcasters get the chance to move their ENG services yet again?! – MisterDTV
FCC chairman Juliu Genachowski put in a plug Tuesday for the government sharing the 1755-1780 MHz band with advanced wireless service, including freeing up 25 MHz ASAP that can be paired with existing spectrum already up for auction.
That sharing proposal could mean a relocation of broadcast and cable ENG users who were already transitioned out of their former spectrum digs as part of the DTV transition.
Would you like to watch live network TV on your smartphone or stream a movie? The answer is probably yes to both.Later this year, watching live television on mobile digital devices will become a reality for more than 90 stations in 35 markets, including Dallas.Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and a host of other websites, people already watch video on various-size screens.As looming broadband shortages worry wireless carriers, government officials, manufacturers and retailers, the stalwart 70-year-old broadcast television business believes it’s got it covered.