Point SCiO at a leaf and your smartphone will tell you what tree it belongs to. Point SCiO at an unidentified pill on your desk and you’ll see that it’s Ibuprophen. SCiO is a device that’s hand-held, eventually aiming to be small enough to fit on your keychain, made to help you identify objects in your world.
Two LA TV stations will simultaneously share a single channel for broadcasts, as a pilot program to demonstrate not only that the technology works with no downside for viewers, but that it can be a valuable source of cash too. The scheme will see KLCS "hosting" KJLA's content on its channel, the CTIA said today, with a mixture of SD and HD shows, and both primary and multicast broadcasting. That will free up KJLA's own spectrum holding, so the idea goes, which could be sold off to cellular carriers to boost mobile broadband service.
Reuters is reporting that an unnamed source "familiar with the matter" is saying T-Mobile is looking to buy $3 billion worth of wireless airwave spectrum from Verizon. T-Mobile, which is majority-owned by German telecom Deutsche Telekom, is the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the US. Its rapidly expanding wireless services operation is in need of more spectrum.
Ofcom, the U.K. counterpart to the U.S.'s FCC, has commenced the largest exploration of "white space" frequencies the world has ever seen. Google, Microsoft, Spectrum Bridge, and upwards of 17 other private and public organizations over the next six months will test a wide variety of white space applications, including rural broadband delivery, HDTV broadcasting, automobile traffic management, early flood assessments, utility monitoring, and the "Internet of things" (a.k.a. machine-to-machine or M2M). The experiments will blaze a trail for future white space applications in "smart cities", environmental management, medical telemetry, and personal electronics like smartphones, tablets and gaming systems.
Well on its way to approval from every legal entity required to make it a reality, the merger between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS has been given the thumbs-up by the FCC. This merger is referred to by the FCC in the official documentation issued today as "Newco" but will be called "T-Mobile US, Inc." when all is said and done. Together they'll move forward into the future with such possibilities as the advanced facilitation of 4G LTE and the expansion of what up until now has been MetroPCS's brand into "new geographical markets."
Google will be conducting a 45-day public trial with the FCC to create a centralized database containing information on free spectrum. The Google Spectrum Database will analyze TV white spaces, which are unused spectrum between TV stations, that can open many doors for possible wireless spectrum expansion in the future. By unlocking these white spaces, wireless providers will be able to provide more coverage in places that need it.
Buying and selling spectrum isn't really anything new -- carriers have been doing it for quite some time, but it's a bit rare when two giant wireless providers make such a deal. Today, Verizon and AT&T have agreed upon a deal that would see AT&T pay $1.9 billion to Verizon in exchange for 39 700MHz spectrum licenses.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun -- what looks to be -- a long process of reclaiming broadcast television spectrum. The process will essentially involve paying television broadcasters to give up some of their public airwaves voluntarily. They will then be auctioned off to wireless carriers to use for internet service.
The executives at Verizon are likely jumping for joy today, as the FCC has approved the company's planned spectrum acquisition. Verizon will be purchasing spectrum licenses from SprectrumCo, which is a joint venture between a number of big cable companies, including Comcast and Time Warner. It's paying a lot of money for access to that AWS spectrum as well, as the total price comes in at a whopping $3.9 billion.