Friday 15 February 2008

Google's 700MHz Wish Comes True

If you haven't heard yet, the nationwide block of spectrum in the 700MHz band being auctioned by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission received sufficient high dollar bids today to exceed the "reserve," or minimum price of US$4.6 billion, which will require any winning wirelesss operator to keep the spectrum open.

Monday 21 January 2008

FCC begins new round of white-spaces testing - RCR Wireless News

The FCC said upcoming white-spaces testing will evaluate gear submitted by Adaptrum Communications Inc, Microsoft, Motorola and Philips Electronics.

Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc., the nation’s third and fourth largest mobile-phone operators, respectively, recently entered the debate to voice support for a fixed licensing scheme that would offer a less costly option for wireless backhaul services.

Thursday 22 November 2007

Motorola Submits White Space Device for FCC Testing

Motorola has delivered and demonstrated a prototype white space device (WSD)—or, as Motorola calls it, a Cognitive Radio Device—to test whether it can sense, and thus avoid, interfering with DTV signals.

Motorola officials gave the device to FCC Office of Engineering and Technology staff at a meeting Nov. 15 and dropped off a two-page sheet of instructions for operating and testing the device. Motorola previously demonstrated a prototype device to FCC staff Aug. 30.

In an FCC filing, the company said the device uses a "geolocation database that is augmented by sensing algorithms" to determine which TV channels are available for use.

Thursday 15 November 2007

EU: European telecoms framework review

Spectrum liberalisation and secondary trading: Spectrum policy was one of the most outdated and bureaucratic areas in need of most reform. In our view the proposals are positive and amount to giving something back to operators after the intrusive retail regulation this summer over international roaming. The digital dividend spectrum has great potential to improve the availability of broadband in rural areas, although the commission must be mindful of technical aspects, such as problems with interference.

Vanu announces 700 MHz prototype, dual-mode SDR deployment

Demonstrated before two potential clients—including a carrier—the Vanu/BitWave prototype supports cellular waveforms in the 700, 850, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands for both CDMA and GSM operation. The prototype uses BitWave’s Softransceiver chips, which can receive and transmit a wide range of RF signals, and Vanu’s Anywave software to allow a single Femtocell unit to be built that can provide coverage in numerous deployment scenarios.