Tagged: FCC

Striking the balance between CBRS ‘hawks’ and ‘doves’

As we draw closer to the end of 2017 momentum is really building behind CBRS (did we mention we’re fans?). The announcement this month that the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the CBRS Alliance will collaborate on addressing technical challenges and business opportunities in the CBRS band is fantastic news for the standard. It seems clear that we can expect the first real world deployments to start in 2018. However, there has been a cloud over CBRS for much of the year as questions have been raised over some of the fundamental details of the license structure of...

Urban and rural small cells: Are operators fighting the wrong battle?

It may seem ludicrous to describe the deployment of small cells as an emotional issue, but when it comes to outdoor small cells, the planning meetings are anything but rational. Communities are concerned about the thin-end-of-the-wedge that new cell sites represent and fight tooth-and-nail to prevent what they see as a despoiling of their environment. Local authorities and municipalities are often underinformed as to the issues and options for small cell deployment. Unable to evaluate alternatives, the result is stasis. At the recent HetNet Expo a panel of telecoms executives voiced their frustrations at this situation. The group called on...

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3.5GHz emerges as a global broadband solution. LTE-U without tears?

Happy New Year!  With the AWS-3 auction in the US reaching round 247 as I write,  and $44bn already committed, new spectrum is still in the headlines in 2015.  The NTIA continues in its mission to release US Federal spectrum holdings , reading a bit like the UK regulator Ofcom in a recent blog about UK spectrum.  Yes, we’re looking to free up some spectrum.  No we haven’t done it yet, but we promise we will real soon.  The new bit, I think, is this “spectrum sharing” angle, which ironically too has a retro feel – harking back to the...