Saturday, May 26, 2012

FCC clears Sprint to run CDMA, 4G LTE on 800MHz iDEN airwaves

The FCC has just tweaked the rules around the ESMR (Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio) spectrum to let Sprint, and the considerably more regional SouthernLINC Wireless, run their CDMA voice calls and LTE data on the 800MHz band they're currently using for their soon-to-end iDEN networks. In practice, the extra frequency access should be a tremendous help to at least Sprint, which hasn't had the low-level, indoors-friendly airspace that AT&T and Verizon enjoy with their 700MHz networks.

But don't get to happy, you'll have to buy a 800MHz phone to use this spectrum. On top of that, you'll have to also wait until 2014 when the switch on this extra LTE.

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