Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T Enter Spectrum-Sharing Experiment


There are a few big “holy grails” when it comes to wireless network connectivity, and besides appropriately-priced data rates and total saturation of coverage, there’s the dream of phones that could be used on any carrier of your choice. The move to LTE teases at that dream, especially if VoLTE ever becomes popular, but we still have each carrier operating service on different slices of the spectrum. There’s a chance that might not always be the case, upon AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile announcing their participation in an experiment to share spectrum currently reserved by the US military.

The chunk of spectrum from 1755MHz to 1850MHz will be shared by these carriers, as well as the federal government, as they test to see just how feasible operation on it might be.

There are concerns over interference with the federal use of the band, so the situation will be monitored closely, but if successful there’s the chance that this could be the start of a new era of interoperability. It’s far too early to get excited about this, but we’ll be on the lookout for further news of progress with this experiment.

Source: AT&T
Via: Business Insider

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!