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Development is expected to take some time

Verizon Wireless and AT&T announced plans for their newly-won 700 MHz spectrum today, and the overall message is, “be patient.”

A press release from Verizon Wireless says that the company expects its 700 MHz network to go live by 2010, and it will be the home of its future 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless network. As required by the FCC, Verizon’s network will be fully open to access for all manner of software and devices, and the company hints that it expects to see use from a variety of consumer electronics, including wireless phones, medical devices and gaming consoles.

“This is the very best spectrum with excellent propagation and in-building characteristics. We also believe that the combination of the national, contiguous, same-frequency C-block footprint and our transition to LTE will make Verizon the preferred partner for developers of a new wave of consumer electronics and applications using this next generation technology,” said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

Meanwhile, AT&T thinks that its spectrum winnings, which are free of the C-block’s heavy FCC regulations, will allow it to roll out a 700 MHz wireless services even faster than Verizon. “With fewer costly and complex regulations, we have the certainty and flexibility needed to move faster in rolling out new mobile technology,” said AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega.

AT&T will also employ LTE technology, which analysts expect to carry the wireless industry past its current 3G GSM and CDMA infrastructures. However, many seem to think that LTE technology may not be ready until 2011 – a full two years after the 700 MHz’s vacancy in 2009.

De la Vega also said he is embracing Google’s open-source Android platform, which AT&T expects to use for “data and content.”

The announcements come on the lifting of the FCC’s gag order last night, which prohibited companies from discussing auction details due to concerns over collusion.

Google was quick to chime in as well, noting that it was more than happy to not win any spectrum: a post on the official Google Blog confirmed suspicions that the company met the C-block’s reserve price solely to insure its open-access requirement, which the company spearheaded earlier last year.



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RE: 8 Years to use spectrum
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 4/4/2008 7:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
It's really up to the providers. I think the Verizon 4G test in Chicago was 250Mbps per channel, but depending on the compression scheme and users, it could be anything really.


RE: 8 Years to use spectrum
By JoKeRr on 4/5/2008 6:25:40 PM , Rating: 3
the speed of 250mbit/s on LTE has already been achieved by a Japanese company called Docomo, using 4X4 MIMO, I assume it is a fixed position transmission. In a real world scenario, the transmission will most likely be 4X2 MIMO (4 or 3 antenna for BaseStation and 2 atenna for mobile phone), since it'll be a lot cheaper to put in 2 atennas than 3 or 4 on a cellphone.

As far as mobile transmission speed is concerned, most recently Nortel demonstrated LTE transmission speed of 50mbit/s in a 110km/hr moving mobile. Unfortunately the number of antennas used for baseStation and mobile is unknown. Keep in mind none of the LTE demos currently ran on the 700MHz spectrum.


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