AT&T is buying two lower 700 MHz C block licenses in Missouri from 700 MHz, LLC, according to documents filed with the FCC this week. Financial terms of the arrangement have not been made public. If the license transfer is approved, AT&T will hold 55 megahertz of spectrum below 1 GHz in three of the counties covered by the licenses. AT&T will likely use the spectrum for its LTE network, which runs on the lower C and B blocks.
The NTIA’s pending mobile privacy proposals should focus on how information is used, not how it’s collected. That’s according to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which is urging the government regulator to take a technology-neutral approach to the issue. “Regulations based on obsolete distinctions about the method of collection, rather than the use of personal information being collected, will harm both the economy and consumers by discouraging the adoption of innovative and empowering technologies,” TIA President Grant Seiffert said in a statement.
The FCC will provide a progress report on development of white space spectrum for mobile broadband service at its next open meeting on July 19. The agency will also release its latest broadband performance report, and discuss advancements in mapping technology.
A white version of Sprint’s LTE-capable HTC Evo will hit stores on Sunday. The Android smartphone has a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch HD display, built-in kickstand and 8-megapixel camera. It will sell for $200 with a new two-year contract. The black version of the handset launched in May.
Using a satellite backbone to provide LTE service appears to be a more feasible proposition after ARINC Incorporated and Lemko Corporation successfully demonstrated a network using ARINC’s RapydConnex mobile edge satellite broadband communications platform and Lemko’s distributed mobile wireless network. Results from the test clocked the network speed at 2 Mbps, with uninterrupted streaming video. Combination LTE/satellite networks could be useful for public safety agencies and the military.
TMNG Global has launched a new portfolio of services – Network Operations Managed Services (NOMS) – which provide the methods, tools and expertise for communications service providers (CSPs) which it says address the challenges in managing existing legacy network assets.