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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Typical roll off frequencies of 300 MHz - Broad stop band starting in 700 MHz band up to 6 GHz - High levels of attenuation and robust ESD protection up to plus or minus 18kV contact discharge, consistent with the IEC 61000-4-2 level 2 standard - Superior signal integrity with rise and fall times less than 4ns - Minimal insertion loss (<1.
At the request of the National League of Cities, a bipartisan group of House members reintroduced legislation designed to free up 24 megahertz of the 700 MHz band spectrum reserved for use by public safety agencies.
Granted, this is not the brightest of lights, but the FCC did adopt small licensing areas in the lower 700 MHz band so that rural telcos would have a chance to bid on spectrum for advanced offerings, such as third generation (3G) wireless services.
The research found that there would be a large incremental adoption of Internet connectivity, particularly in rural areas, as a result of allocating the 700 MHz band for LTE, including a 14% increase in Internet subscriptions in Korea, 21% in India, 22% in Indonesia and 23% in Malaysia - an increase of more than 25 million extra rural Internet users in these four countries alone.
5 GHz and various sub-10 GHz bands allocated for fixed and mobile services, including the 700 MHz band.
This portion of spectrum within the 700 MHz band, which is currently allocated to television broadcasters for analog broadcast channels, is to be vacated by broadcasters upon their transition to digital broadcast channels.
Harris delivers 700 MHz Band 14 LTE pilot program to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Description: This yearly report delivers an overview of the latest developments in the spectrum field including the main evolutions of the regulatory framework, spectrum sharing issues and new radio technologies, the 700 MHz band status, mobile spectrum in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America, and Africa Middle East, and spectrum valuation.
The Radio Assembly 2015 (RA-15) adopted UAE proposals that were submitted by TRA regarding the 700 MHz band.
Contract notice: Study on economic and social impact of repurposing the 700 mhz band to wireless broadband services in the european union ?
The 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum has been made available with the approval of FirstNet and a grant from the FCC for a special temporary authorization (STA).
The 700 MHz band is the most efficient spectrum, which was earlier earmarked for Prasar Bharti for exclusive spectrum availability to All India Radio, Doordarshan and other communication under the control of the government.