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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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As of end-2017, Globe had a total of 10,300 LTE base stations as it continued the aggressive deployment of LTE sites using the 700MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies.
Globe Telecom has activated the 1800MHz and 700MHz frequency in the town of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi enabling the residents there to have access to faster mobile internet.
It also said the group should easily meet the upcoming 700MHz band fee, since it has issued a sukuk bond programme of up to RM5 billion at last year's second quarter, of which only RM900 million has been disbursed to date.
Millicom International Cellular S.A (STO:MIC-SDB) announced on Friday that TelefAaAaAeA nica Celular del Paraguay SA (Tigo), its wholly-owned subsidia in Paraguay, has acquired three of the seven available blocks of 2x5MHz spectrum in the 700MHz band at a total cost of USD36.325m, plus certain social and network coverage obligations.
The 700MHz, previously almost fully controlled by SMC, is an LTE frequency valued for its ability to efficiently cover wide areas and penetrate walls with high-speed mobile internet.
`` Three or four solid networks around the 700Mhz would have taken care of a lot of rural broadband networks.
Upon closing of the spectrum deal, T- Mobile will have 700MHz A-block spectrum that covers all of the top 10 US markets and is capable of covering 269 million Americans or 83% of the US population with Extended Range LTE.
The EC is proposing to open the 700MHz band to mobile services by 2020.
Technicians have to carry out work on the antennae but the company has to maintain broadcasting while the engineering work for the 700MHZ project is under way.
The 700MHz will be released from broadcasters and it is almost finalised and will be released next year," he said.
The government of Argentina auctioned national 4G spectrum in the 700MHz and 1,700MHz/2,100MHz advanced wireless services (AWS) frequency bands and also regional 3G spectrum in the 850MHz SRMC and 1,900MHz personal communications service ranges on October 31 2014.