Thursday, October 18, 2012

AT&T Looks to Expand LTE in 2.3 GHz Band

AT&T welcomed the FCC decision to clear 30 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band.  The company said it plans to deploy LTE using spectrum as early as three years from now.

"While we have not yet seen the final Order, we anticipate that the service rules adopted today will permit deployment of LTE technologies in the WCS band while ensuring that satellite radio services are protected from unreasonable interference.  AT&T took real risks to develop this under-utilized band and is committed to devoting the resources necessary to unlock its full potential.  We expect to commence deployment of LTE infrastructure in the band in as early as three years, allowing us to enhance our wireless broadband services.  Our customers will also win, as additional spectrum capacity becomes available to support surging mobile Internet usage," writes Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory.