Comments on news posted 2012-08-02 12:40:18: AT&T today announced that the company has acquired Nextwave Wireless -- and the company's ample stable of Wireless Communication Service (WCS) 2.3 GHz spectrum -- in a deal worth $600 million. ..
NextWave was sitting on its spectrum, waiting for a buyer. So even if it's AT&T who's buying, there is some benefit there.
My big question is whether this purchase will result in AT&T using AWS for LTE after all, after giving T-Mobile a lot of its spectrum in that band due to the merger breakup.
WCS will probably end up being used in a similar fashion to Clearwire's 2500MHz spectrum: capacity augmentation in a small-cell context for areas where 700MHz or AWS can't provide enough capacity. Maybe AT&T will do some HomeFusion-esque offering but I wouldn't count on it.
Yep, I remember AT&T's WiMAX based fixed wireless service in AK. Sprint had Sprint Broadband Direct too. Those are all gone, however. I'd be surprised if AT&T got back into the fixed broadband business within the next couple of years, using wireless anyway.
It looks like they're trying to get it up to full power by giving the satellite radio guys 5mhz on either side of their band.
That's it, give up using the unpaired C and D blocks so that the paired (5 MHz + 5 MHz each) A and B blocks can be used. AT&T is also asking the FCC to consider giving them permission to use the WCS spectrum just as downlink spectrum while using something else (perhaps Lightsquared spectrum) for the uplink. Uplink spectrum is generally less of an interference concern.
The spectrum is pretty worthless in cities though. 700mhz is prime for building penetration, but these PCS bands in the Ghz are only good in tower dense deployments. -- Ski News - Ski Colorado Blog Web Hosting - www.FrontRangeHosting.com
This is what that spectrum is intended for, and is best used for rural or semi rural point to point (ie fixed wireless) outdoor to outdoor shielded antenna (like the verizon the shielding/container keeps water /leaves/snow/etc off the face of a mini dish or flat panel radiator (water and water containing substances are the weakness of these microwave freq's. exact like satellite broadband but nearby (up to 40 miles line of site, less is even better) avoids 90%+ of the problems, without launching a multi billion $ bird. Treated like cell service this could reach (most) house from strand or power pole mounted "cells" allow almost infinate micro cells. homes over the hill /way out of sight of powerlines MIGHT need a relay or a differnt solution but MANY could see fast LTE speeds very quickly AT A HIGHER PRICE than city service. an OK FTTP solution. and way better than letting Nextwave squat on the spectrum.