|[January 28, 2014]
FCC Grants Authorization for Use of Time Division Duplex Equipment in Upper 700 MHz A Block Licenses Held by Access Spectrum
BETHESDA, Md. --(Business Wire)--
Spectrum LLC, which holds wireless
spectrum licenses in the Upper 700 MHz A Block covering two-thirds of
the United States, today announced that the Federal
Communications Commission has granted authorization for the use of
time division duplex (TDD) equipment within this spectrum band. This
decision confirms that TDD equipment, which uses a single frequency for
both transmission and reception, can be deployed in full compliance with
FCC (News - Alert) regulations in the Upper 700 MHz A Block.
By complying with these rules and through the careful design that has
gone into its development, TDD equipment can be deployed in the A Block
without causing harmful interference to devices in neighboring portions
of the spectrum. These developments are crucial steps in showing that
enterprises can use the A Block for productive, innovative applications
through the secondary spectrum market.
"The FCC's authorization for the use of TDD equipment marks an important
milestone in the development of the Upper 700 MHz A Block," said Michael
Gottdenker, Chairman and Chief Executive of Access Spectrum (News - Alert). "This
approval demonstrates that the equipment complies with the regulatory
technical rules that apply to the A Block. The development of this
equipment helps to illustrate the wide range and variety of technologies
that can be deployed by technology companies, critical infrstructure
enterprises, and government entities that are in need of wireless
spectrum to deploy any number of cutting edge technologies - from
machine to machine communications to smart grid applications, from
hospital and health care connectivity to high-quality data processing."
The FCC's authorization for Type Acceptance was issued following the
completion of a field test conducted in Vienna, Va. in March 2013,
additional laboratory testing in the fall of 2013, and submission of
documentation by Access Spectrum and Full
Spectrum, the industry leader in fourth generation wireless coverage
and a TDD technology supplier.
"We are thrilled that the FCC has confirmed that Full Spectrum's TDD
equipment can operate in accordance with the technical rules governing
the Upper 700 MHz A Block," said Stewart Kantor (News - Alert), Chief Executive
Officer, Full Spectrum. "We welcome the possibility of working with the
growing number of innovative companies who are seeking greater access to
available spectrum to develop and bring to market new products and
The A Block, consisting of one megahertz paired, is an unencumbered
portion of the 700 MHz band of the wireless spectrum that offers
coverage to all 52 major economic areas (MEAs) in the country. Often
referred to as the spectrum equivalent of "beach front property," the A
Block offers superior signal penetration and broad wireless coverage at
a lower cost than other spectrum bands.
A growing number of innovative technology companies are seeking greater
access to licensed and unlicensed spectrum to develop and bring to
market new products and services that place an increasing reliance on
the airwaves. The licenses within the A Block can be used for a number
of cutting-edge technologies, both those already in use and those just
beginning to come to market. Applications for this spectrum could be
useful across industries, including social and media platforms,
automotive, financial transactions, oil and gas, smart grid/smart home,
transportation, and telematics.
About Access Spectrum, LLC
Access Spectrum, LLC is one of three licensees that together hold the
Upper 700 MHz A Block, an unencumbered, nationwide block of spectrum
ideal for technology companies, utilities, and other critical
infrastructure providers to deploy emerging applications such as
machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things. For more
information, visit www.accessspectrum.com.
About Full Spectrum Inc.
Full Spectrum Inc. designs, develops and manufacturers FullMAXTM, its
patented, 4th generation wireless system for private, wide-area data
networks. FullMAX (News - Alert)™ offers maximum wide area mobile and fixed wireless
coverage with minimal tower infrastructure. For more information, please
or visit www.fullspectrumnet.com.
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