Valuing spectrum often focused on how well the frequencies pass through walls and how far they travel. Coverage will always be important, but now we need to increasingly focus on capacity.
The government is hoping that making a band of unlicensed spectrum available as part of the upcoming incentive auctions will help build a nationwide wireless network. Is that the best use of that spectrum?
Thanks to a recent government report, the idea of spectrum sharing between federal agencies and consumer broadband applications is gaining ground. But before we encourage sharing, we should ask tough questions about security. Can we share our airwaves without compromising them?
Verizon expects its 4G mobile broadband will deliver speeds between 5-12 Mbps. So how does LTE –a technology that can deliver 150 Mbps — get whittled down to less than a tenth of that? We explain how physics, regulations, investment and users take their toll.