AWS auctions spawn spectrum shuffle
by Asad Zoberi
As the FCC re-allocates microwave backhaul spectrum for 3G advanced wireless services, incumbent carriers needing to relocate will seek out flexible backhaul solutions that can be deployed quickly.
The 2006 auction of advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum has generated great enthusiasm on the part of commercial mobile phone carriers hoping to deploy third-generation (3G) services. To AWS licensees, the new 1700 and 2100-MHz spectrum represents the additional capacity that is so desperately needed for high-speed wireless data services. However, for those incumbents already using this spectrum for microwave backhaul applications, tough decisions lie ahead.