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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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By phxfreddy on 4/5/2008 4:12:30 AM , Rating: 1
........I think google will be sorry they did not win. These guys are not going to go down without a fight. They have a sweet monopoly. They're going to want to let me have unlimited data transfer for a single (reasonable)price? I think not.

By Alexstarfire on 4/5/2008 11:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
Why would Google be sorry? They got exactly what they wanted out of it, open access.

By KristopherKubicki on 4/5/2008 11:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
The are one of the primary lobbies in the whitespace debate though. This would lead me to believe Verizon found a way to make "open" access not really that open. Or at least that's something Google is concerned about.

By theapparition on 4/7/2008 7:10:19 AM , Rating: 4
You're right. Why spend over 4 billion for a piece of the spectrum that if it was truely "open" you could develope for free.

No, most likely Verizon will set the protocal for the C-block, yet do it with technology that you must license from them. That is, you can play all you want in our yard, but we're going to charge you to get through the gate.

By UNCjigga on 4/8/2008 12:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well I would imagine that "Open Access" services would be subjected to QoS limitations. In other words, the carrier might reserve high-bandwidth for its own services, and limit "open access" devices and services to low-bandwidth. I'm not sure how the Open Access provisions are worded but I'd be surprised if the FCC would fully block carriers from implementing QoS rules across all services.

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