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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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With the addition of this 700 MHz spectrum, we will be in a very strong position to support New Zealand s data, mobility and digital services future.
At the time it was mooted that the new funds might be used for the purchase of Verizon Wireless s 700 MHz spectrum.
The 700 MHz spectrum propagates through urban, suburban and rural areas allowing for a stronger signal and better coverage in areas that were traditionally difficult for the signal to transmit.
The broadcasting services had been used from the 700 MHz spectrum or frequency and certain measures were needed before it could be applied to the telecommunications services.
Companies that own 700 MHz spectrum are beginning to ask how they might put the power of ATSC mobile digital broadcasting to use, and we're responding by creating a new method of utilizing digital transmission to transmit even more programs.
Now, the 700 MHz spectrum or frequency was used by broadcasting services and certain measures were required before it could be applied to the telecommunications services, said, Chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi.
XLTE-ready devices automatically access both 700 MHz spectrum and the AWS spectrum in XLTE cities, such as Chicago.
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RFS debuted the new RF X-TREME FWW series base station antennas for high frequency spectrum bands up to 2360 MHz to support the 700 MHz spectrum increasingly used for public safety communications.
5 GHz spectrum, which requires more antennas for the same coverage compared with the 700 MHz spectrum.
This agreement does not include Cox's 700 MHz spectrum licenses, the company's Cox Wireless customer accounts or any other assets.
We are in serious discussions for migration to 700 MHz spectrum in 2012, and moving to digital TV," he added.