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Feb. 17, 2012

U.S. Congress Approves Incentive Spectrum Auctions
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U.S. Congress Friday moved swiftly to pass compromise payroll tax break/unemployment benefit legislation that gives the Federal Communications Commission the ability to reclaim and auction broadcast spectrum. While the FCC is expected to move quickly to come up with auction rules, it will still likely be several years before any spectrum is reclaimed or repacked. The bill sets a 10-year deadline for the auctions — one, a reverse auction, to compensate the broadcasters who give up spectrum, the other to auction that spectrum on the open market. "WCAI applauds Congress for passing legislation to make more wireless spectrum available," said WCAI President Fred Campbell. "This legislation will cement our global leadership in mobile broadband communications, create thousands of jobs, and give public safety the network it needs when our first responders stand in harm's way. It is also a testament to the enduring ability of our nation's leaders in Congress to come together when our nation's most critical issues are at stake." More

4G LTE in Europe to get Spectrum Boost — Next Year
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The European Parliament announced that member countries will be forced to authorize the 800 MHz spectrum to be used for 4G LTE by Jan. 1. The countries will have room for 4G on that spectrum, thanks to a continent-wide changeover from analog television services to digital by the end of this year. The parliament says the 800 MHz spectrum is ideal for 4G, since it easily penetrates walls and buildings, and can travel long distances. The parliament also argues that the spectrum will make it cheaper to build the networks. More

U.K. Regulator Publishes Addendum to Consultation on 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz Award
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U.K. regulator Ofcom published an addendum to the second consultation on assessment of future mobile competition and proposals for the award of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum. The addendum clarifies proposals for the spectrum portfolios that would be available to opted-in bidders if Everything Everywhere was to divest its 1800 MHz spectrum before the planned auction at the end of 2012. More

Telefonica Said Poised to Pick Alcatel on High-Speed Network
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Telefonica, Spain's biggest phone company, is poised to award Alcatel-Lucent an order to build a nationwide high-speed wireless network as it seeks to win back customers of data-hungry devices lost to rival operators, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Alcatel-Lucent is the front runner to supply gear for the network based on the LTE technology. Telefonica plans to unveil details on its network strategy later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More

Clearwire Cautions It May Need More Capital
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WCAI member Clearwire warned it may need to raise more money — even after getting about $1 billion in the past two months — as it faces the hefty costs of building out a new 4G mobile broadband network and the expected loss of sales at its Clear Internet brand. Clearwire said Thursday in its annual regulatory filing that while it has enough cash — about $1.1 billion, including short-term investments — to last it through year's end, it may still need to raise more funds. More

US Cellular Announces LTE Hotspot, Details Rollout Plans
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U.S. Cellular provided further details on its planned LTE rollout. The carrier listed a number of additional markets in which it will deploy the network technology, and it also added a third device to its LTE lineup: the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, which will join the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy S Aviator smartphone. U.S. Cellular said the gadgets will launch sometime in the spring; it did not provide pricing or more specific information. U.S. Cellular said that, by the second half of 2012, customers in more than 3,600 additional cities and towns in urban and rural areas will have access to its 4G LTE speeds. The carrier said it plans to cover 54 percent of its current customer base with LTE by the end of this year. More

3G, 4G, Wi-Fi Coming Together in Small Cells for Mobile Data
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The age of monolithic cell-tower networks with a few Wi-Fi hotspots and home femtocells sprinkled in may come to an end at this year's Mobile World Congress, where a diverse range of small cells and integrated Wi-Fi systems will be on display. More

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