700 MHz spectrum

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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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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.
CommScope introduced a 4xMIMO, ultra-wideband antenna for the 1400 MHz--2700 MHz range in late 2017, and has released an extensive antenna portfolio for FirstNet operating in the 700 MHz band.
Globe has deployed to date around 1,750 LTE sites across the country using the 700 MHz band.
The 700 MHz band is where AT&T and Verizon built their empires.
The Department of Telecom ( DoT) has sought Trai's views on the spectrum prices for various frequencies, including premium airwaves in the 700 MHz band which remained unsold in the last auctions in October 2016.
In the recently conducted spectrum auction, the telecom sector had largely refrained from buying premium radiowaves in the 700 MHz band which were being sold at a base price of Rs 11,485 crore per MHz.
Those representing telecom companies wanted the government to delay the sale of the 700 MHz band, the focal point of the auction, says an executive of a telecom company.
2: 96 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band identified for IMT in Region 1 and countries in Region 3
In the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) held in Geneva last week, the ITU formally moved to allocate the 700 MHz band (specifically 694-790 MHz to the global mobile industry.
The Radio Assembly 2015 (RA-15) adopted UAE proposals that were submitted by TRA regarding the 700 MHz band.
Getting clear of 51 will allow T-Mobile to start developing Lower 700 MHz band spectrum it acquired in an earlier auction.