CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Wireless Broadband Coalition Release International Harmonization Status Report on 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz Spectrum in the U.S.

Mar 05, 2013, 09:23 ET from CTIA-The Wireless Association

These bands are already used commercially in 43 countries and 17 of the G-20 countries have allocated both bands for commercial use

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the Wireless Broadband Coalition® today released a global status report and map on the allocation of 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum, which showed a number of countries have or are in the process of allocating this internationally-harmonized spectrum for commercial purposes. If the U.S. would follow the numerous international governments that have allocated these bands, wireless companies and users would benefit from the economies of scale, ranging from being able to shorten deployment time and cost of new wireless devices and networks to being able to use these mobile devices in more countries.  

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Currently occupied by the U.S. government, these bands of spectrum are already being used for commercial purposes by 43 countries and 17 of the G-20 countries have allocated the bands for commercial use. The three countries that have not are U.S., Canada and Argentina.  The report used only government sourced data from 186 countries. 

David F. Taylor, Executive Director of the WBC said, "Internationally harmonized spectrum is appealing to carriers because it reduces network development and deployment costs. Having more equipment readily available also reduces network deployment schedules. Our research clearly shows that these bands are internationally harmonized."

"The wireless industry has made access to 1755-1780 MHz spectrum paired with 2155-2180 MHz spectrum as a top priority. We encourage the Administration, NTIA and Congress, to take a hard look at clearing these bands for commercial use as well as other international-harmonized spectrum below 3 GHz," said Jot Carpenter, CTIA Vice President of Government Affairs.

"Since the FCC announced the National Broadband Plan was announced, the Administration has not recommended that a single MHz of federal spectrum below 3 GHz should be cleared and reallocated to commercial use. That's a problem. More cleared, paired spectrum is needed to meet soaring consumer demand for mobile broadband services," added Taylor.

The CTIA and WBC Global Status Report: http://ctia.it/XfQCYM and the World Map: http://ctia.it/15o5w11

CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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