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I thought Sprint was requesting that the AWS-4 uplink be shifted up by 5 mhz, not to place power restrictions on it.

 

Edit: I just looked at the FCC's spectrum dashboard. If the government vacates 1755 - 1780, the AWS band could be expanded to 1710-1780/2110-2180. That gets rid of the AWS-2 downlink (non PCS H block) at 2175-2180. Then, proposed AWS-4 could have its uplink shifted up by 5 MHz, taking out the uplink of (non PCS H) AWS-2.That would leave a 5 MHz guard band that could be used for low power applications in-between PCS H and the AWS-4. The new bands would be PCS (1850-1920/1930-2000), AWS-1 (1710-1780/2110-2180), and AWS-4 (2005-2025/2180-2200).

 

That plan would find a use for the oddball AWS-2 spectrum and expand usable spectrum by 100 MHz compared to an expansion of only 40 MHz if the AWS-4 (2000-2020/2180-2200) configuration is used.

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I thought Sprint was requesting that the AWS-4 uplink be shifted up by 5 mhz, not to place power restrictions on it.

 

Edit: I just looked at the FCC's spectrum dashboard. If the government vacates 1755 - 1780, the AWS band could be expanded to 1710-1780/2110-2180. That gets rid of the AWS-2 downlink (non PCS H block) at 2175-2180. Then, proposed AWS-4 could have its uplink shifted up by 5 MHz, taking out the uplink of (non PCS H) AWS-2.That would leave a 5 MHz guard band that could be used for low power applications in-between PCS H and the AWS-4. The new bands would be PCS (1850-1920/1930-2000), AWS-1 (1710-1780/2110-2180), and AWS-4 (2005-2025/2180-2200).

 

That plan would find a use for the oddball AWS-2 spectrum and expand usable spectrum by 100 MHz compared to an expansion of only 40 MHz if the AWS-4 (2000-2020/2180-2200) configuration is used.

 

That's an excellent idea. Why don't you leave a comment on the FCC's webpage concerning Dish's application.

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The FCC has plenty of people who are way more knowledgeable and intelligent than I am. That idea is simple enough that I'm sure it's been thought of before. The major barrier to it would be the need for the government to vacate the 1700 MHz spectrum. I think that would require an act by Congress. I'm just questioning Dish's essential assertion that Sprint is just trying to steal their spectrum. They don't have a deployed network or deployed devices, and Sprint is proposing a band reorganization that would significantly increase the amount of usable spectrum.

 

When did the standardization process for the band as currently defined start? Would it take more than a year to get through the process again if the band was redefined?

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The FCC has plenty of people who are way more knowledgeable and intelligent than I am. That idea is simple enough that I'm sure it's been thought of before. The major barrier to it would be the need for the government to vacate the 1700 MHz spectrum. I think that would require an act by Congress. I'm just questioning Dish's essential assertion that Sprint is just trying to steal their spectrum. They don't have a deployed network or deployed devices, and Sprint is proposing a band reorganization that would significantly increase the amount of usable spectrum.

 

When did the standardization process for the band as currently defined start? Would it take more than a year to get through the process again if the band was redefined?

 

I don't know that they are that smart:). It does not hurt to lend another voice.

 

Sprint wants to be able to bid on band H without having to worry about potential interference from Dish's spectrum. If Dish's application goes through untouched without power restrictions or shifting it up by 5MHz, then PCS H will become unusable serving as just a guard band. Is it a dire prospect for Sprint if they could not bid on PCS H? No, but it would be nice to be given the opportunity to do so.

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Apparently the FCC agrees with Sprint and plans to impose that Dish shift up their spectrum holdings to 2005-2025 MHz on the uplink to ensure that there is no interference between Dish's spectrum and the PCS 'H' block. Also it sounds like the FCC is planning on a 'H' block spectrum offering in 2013.

 

"Separately, the FCC also said it will propose auctioning the H Block of PCS spectrum in 2013, which Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) has said it wants for its LTE network.

"Chairman Julius Genachowski today shared proposals with his colleagues that will unleash up to 50 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband, including LTE," said an FCC spokesperson. "Specifically, the chairman proposes final action to enable terrestrial use for AWS-4 spectrum, and moves forward with implementation of Congressional direction to auction the H Block, slated for 2013."

 

 

http://www.fiercewir...trum/2012-11-20

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