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hey hey hey

@charter.com

They aren't

Please provide proof they are. Also getting more spectrum to AVOID a spectrum crisis is smart not hoarding. Do you prepare for hurricane season by waiting until one is 24 hours from landfall or do you prepare in advance IN CASE there is one?

FACTS:

Verizon bought 700 MHz spectrum for LTE. Verizon has been deploying LTE on 700 MHz for nearly 3 years now.

Verizon bought 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz AWS spectrum from the cable companies last year. The FCC gave them permission to use it LESS than a year ago. Verizon is on schedule to deploy this spectrum for LTE by the end of the year.

As far as 2G and 3G you know damn well they can not just cut off 2G and 3G networks right now. Voice and text still use 2G As well as things like security systems. Verizon just stated that 61% of all the phones on their network are smartphones. Not all of them can do 4G. So it's safe to say over half the phones in the hands of Verizon customers can only use 2G and 3G but Verizon is just supposed to cut them off? I guess if they want millions of customers fleeing to the competition that's a good idea. Verizon has already stated that 2G and 3G spectrum will be refarmed for 4G by 2021. They're going to kind of need something else to use in the 8 years inbetween don't you think?

So please tell me what spectrum are they hoarding?

Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY
said by hey hey hey :

So it's safe to say over half the phones in the hands of Verizon customers can only use 2G and 3G but Verizon is just supposed to cut them off?

AT&T has done exactly this... moved existing 850mhz services to 1900mhz without telling anybody. You go to bed with perfect signal and wake up the next morning with next to nothing.

Verizon has always handled this sort of thing in a manner that does not adversely impact existing customers. AT&T? Not so much...


MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
it moved 3G services in some locations from 850 to 1900 Mhz, mostly in more urban areas, but it did not cut off 3G services. It has shut down some of it's 2G capacity, but that's it.

SatManager

join:2011-03-17
North Las Vegas, NV
reply to Crookshanks
As advanced services mature, users will have to upgrade as the cell providers migrate the spectrum to LTE. This is the same as the move from analog to digital services. You will always have a portion of the users that will refuse to upgrade until the service is eliminated.

What the cell providers need to do is work with the FCC to announce a cutoff date that 2G and 3G services will no longer be available, then users will know that they will need to upgrade their equipment to use LTE. Better yet is that the FCC require the same service between all providers (the same version of LTE - No more CDMA or GSM).


SteelerRaw

@timet.com
reply to hey hey hey
said by hey hey hey :

Verizon bought 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz AWS spectrum from the cable companies last year. The FCC gave them permission to use it LESS than a year ago. Verizon is on schedule to deploy this spectrum for LTE by the end of the year.

FACT: Verizon also bought AWS spectrum at auction back in 2006 (that's roughly seven years ago) and to date they still haven't commercially deployed any service on that spectrum.


hey hey hey

@charter.com
said by SteelerRaw :

said by hey hey hey :

Verizon bought 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz AWS spectrum from the cable companies last year. The FCC gave them permission to use it LESS than a year ago. Verizon is on schedule to deploy this spectrum for LTE by the end of the year.

FACT: Verizon also bought AWS spectrum at auction back in 2006 (that's roughly seven years ago) and to date they still haven't commercially deployed any service on that spectrum.

Because they gave it to T-Mobile so they could get the cable companies AWS spectrum. So ask t-mobile what they are doing with it.