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700 MHz spectrum

The 698-806 MHz range of TV channel frequencies (UHF 52 through 69) that were made available when the U.S. switched from analog to digital TV in June 2009 (see digital TV transition). The FCC auctioned most of the remaining blocks in this spectrum from January 24 to March 18, 2008 (see chart below), which is expected to be used for high-speed Internet and data services for mobile devices.

Coveted Frequencies
The advantage of the 700 MHz spectrum is that the signals travel longer distances than the higher frequencies used by many other wireless systems. Networks using this spectrum require fewer cell towers to reach the same geographic area. In addition, like TV broadcasting, signals in this spectrum penetrate walls easily.

The Results - $19.6 Billion in Winning Bids
Verizon and AT&T were the big winners. For USD $9.9 billion, Verizon won 109 licenses nationwide in the A, B and C blocks; each C-block license covering a huge geographic area. AT&T won 227 B-block licenses for $6.6 billion. Dish Network won 168 E-block licenses for $712 million, while competitor DirecTV did not bid at all, and King Street Wireless picked up 152 licenses in various A and B blocks. The remaining licenses were won by several other organizations including Paul Allen's Vulcan Spectrum LLC, which secured A-block licenses in Oregon and Washington State.

Google Lost and Won
Google did not win any licenses, but bid high enough to trigger rules that require C-block licensees to open their networks. Under FCC rules, a $4.6 billion bid for the C-block would ensure the creation of a network open to third-party devices and applications.


The 700 MHz Auction
In 2008, more than a thousand regional licenses in the 700 MHz spectrum were won at auction. Nobody bid the USD $1.3 billion minimum for the D blocks next to the Public Safety blocks. Owners of the D-Public Safety blocks would have nationwide access and the right to use Public Safety spectrum when available.
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Ericsson's solution for LTE in 700 MHz covers infrastructure and device platforms.
In addition to the city of Atlanta and the surrounding Perimeter, 700 MHz now also extends to Un-carrier customers in Marietta (GA), Roswell (GA), Alpharetta (GA), Gainesville (GA), Dalton (GA), Rome (GA), Newnan (GA), Carrollton (GA), Covington (GA), Conyers (GA), Athens/University of Georgia (GA), La Grange (GA), Ringgold (GA), and many other smaller towns throughout northern GA and in part of AL along the GA border (e.
ABI Research notes that demand for 700 MHz is so great, not even the pending recession impacts the bidding process.
In addition to throughout LA, 700 MHz now also extends to Un-carrier customers in: Arcadia, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Azusa, Baldwin Park, California City, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Chino, Covina, Culver City, Duarte, Encino, Hacienda Heights, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lake Elsinore, La Puente, Littlerock, Los Osos, Marina del Rey, Monrovia, Montclair, Montebello, Monterey Park, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Newhall, North Hills, Ojai, Ontario, Oxnard, Pacific Palisades, Perris, Pomona, Port Hueneme, Porter Ranch, Redlands, Reseda, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Santa Maria, Santa Paula, South Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Studio City, Temecula, Tehachapi, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, West Hills, Westlake Village, Whittier, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.
SOMA Partners With Stutler Technologies to Deploy Broadband Wireless Access Throughout Central Minnesota Using the 700 MHz Licensed Band
700 MHz now also extends to Un-carrier customers in: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Nigel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda.
LICT Corporation (Pink Sheets[R]: LICT) is announcing today that it filed an application on December 3, 2007 to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming Auction 73, involving spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band.
In nine months, T-Mobile has aggressively rolled out airwaves known as 700 MHz in 170 major metro areas including cities such as Miami, Fresno and Houston, so you can use your compatible phone to get great 700 MHz coverage while visiting friends and family in those cities.
Bidders in the upcoming US Federal Communications Commission auction of 700 MHz spectrum can arm themselves with a valuable advantage--the new 700 MHz AuctionPlanner[TM] product from Comsearch, an Andrew Corporation company.
Details of the preliminary plans indicate that the 700 MHz frequency band will be deployed to accommodate the demand of the service providers and for the applications of the public protection and disaster relief (PPDR).
In november 2014, ofcom published a statement setting out our decision to clear these services from the 700 mhz band (the part of the radio spectrum between 694 mhz and 790 mhz) and to reallocate the frequencies for mobile data.
has confirmed the closing of the acquisition of 700 MHz and 2500 MHz wireless spectrum licences from Quebecor Media Inc.