What’s the Deal with MSS Spectrum?

Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) spectrum is bustling with activity. With so many failed satellite service companies, it is no surprise that spectrum earmarked for such services be converted, or allowed to co-exist with profitable mobile services. Here, I like to summarize some of the developments surrounding MSS spectrum. Read more of this post


In Focus: US Spectrum Service Allocation

In Focus: US Spectrum Service AllocationEver wondered how spectrum is allocated to different services? I recently came across the pie chart below showing allocation of spectrum between 108 and 6000 MHz for a “typical” European country. I decided to do a similar exercise for US spectrum allocation.

But first I like to give a brief overview of how spectrum is allocated. There are two organizations responsible for spectrum in the US: the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regulates spectrum use for federal users and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulates spectrum use for non-federal users (including local and state governments). Spectrum bands can be designated for exclusive Federal users, or exclusively for non-federal users. But often, spectrum is shared between the two. Read more of this post

Summary of Select Spectrum Auction Results

Spectrum AuctionsBelow is a summary of spectrum auctions completed this year that I did not report on.  Some of these auctions are particularly interesting. For example, the 2.3 GHz band auction in Hong Kong follows a failed attempt to auction this band in early 2009. At that time, the hype around WiMAX was subsiding as interest in LTE was gathering strength. Now, three companies won the 90 MHz band for about $61m. One of the winners told me of their plan to use the band for LTE services, although this would be TD-LTE. No indication as to when it will happen. Read more of this post