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Amazon Has Been Testing a Wireless Network
by Karl Bode 02:35PM Friday Aug 23 2013
Amazon has been testing a wireless network, anonymous sources tell Bloomberg. According to the insiders, Amazon has tested the network in Apple's hometown of Cupertino, California, using spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar. Since last year, Globalstar has been requesting permission from the FCC to use their MSS spectrum (specifically the "Big LEO" band at 1610-1618.725 MHz on the uplink, and the Upper Big LEO band at 2483.5-2500 MHz for the downlink) to fuel a potential new LTE-based network. The sources couldn't say if Amazon's testing is still occurring, or if it will actually result in a viable network or product.

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sonicmerlin

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Nonviable

None of these competitor networks will be viable unless they can get some 600 MHz spectrum to deploy nationally.

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Re: Nonviable

said by sonicmerlin:

None of these competitor networks will be viable unless they can get some 600 MHz spectrum to deploy nationally.

600MHz isn't practical, except for omnidirectional cells, covering wide open spaces, with very low capacity requirements, preferably far away from civilization.

700MHz is already showing it's limitations, the antennas are just too big, and the frequency reuse is becoming more limited, that's why Verizon and AT&T are moving up to the AWS band.
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sonicmerlin

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Re: Nonviable

said by KA3SGM:

said by sonicmerlin:

None of these competitor networks will be viable unless they can get some 600 MHz spectrum to deploy nationally.

600MHz isn't practical, except for omnidirectional cells, covering wide open spaces, with very low capacity requirements, preferably far away from civilization.

700MHz is already showing it's limitations, the antennas are just too big, and the frequency reuse is becoming more limited, that's why Verizon and AT&T are moving up to the AWS band.

The point is you need that spectrum for nationwide coverage.

MovieLover76

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Re: Nonviable

You do need the low frequency spectrum for good coverage, especially indoors. Verizon and AT&T may be already beefing up their LTE coverage with AWS, for extra capacity but they still need and benefit from the broad coverage of 700 Mhz, Sprint is deploying CDMA and LTE on 800 Mhz for the same reason.

Having both low and high spectrum is needed, being a former T-mobile user the annoyances of high spectrum only networks is apparent to me.

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AWS will still have limitations of not being able to penetrate farther distances. What good is all that bandwidth when you get 1 bar of signal in your home or work place?

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LightSquared II?

Haven't we heard this song before? This is just another hustling of ignorant politicians à la Google. When a company that hustles crap for a living, Amazon/Google/LightSquared, gets in to a business that is far removed from their core business it is for research or milking suckers and not bringing broadband to the outhouses.

Funny how Philip Falcone the hedge fund manager behind LightSquared gets a pass for being a crook and under federal incitement. This forum loves "Kool-Aid" pouring crooks. Have another drink and tell me about your free long distance.
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Amazon

We need a good wifi network here in NYC to compete with Verizon. Verizon is only interested in filling its own pockets and the customer be damned.

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Re: Amazon

said by frank124c:

We need a good wifi network here in NYC to compete with Verizon. Verizon is only interested in filling its own pockets and the customer be damned.

You should get right on it, maybe Bloomberg will give you a Google type deal.