Fixed Wireless Access – A Re-emergent Option for Broadband Connectivity

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has been deployed to provide broadband access for many years. FWA was mainly used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide service in rural areas. Both licensed as well as unlicensed spectrum has been used, often in the 3.5/3.6 GHz range, awarded in many countries on a regional basis to provide…

LYA Presentation – Best Practices to Award Broadband Subsidies

Johanne Lemay of LYA participated on a panel on Broadband Data Collection at the CCA Mobile Carriers Show in Tampa held on April 12-14, 2022. It generated some lively discussion on broadband subsidies… from maps to auction formats to processes and role of the FCC relative to NTIA and the states.  Johanne’s presentation – Best…

US Broadband Grants – A glance at what is coming – UPDATE Nov. 15, 2021

The United States government, on November 5, 2021, passed the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684): a major investment in infrastructure across the country to improve competitiveness, reduce inequality and poverty, create good jobs, and grow the economy while making it more sustainable, resilient, and equitable. This $1.2 trillion legislation will invest in…

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Canada Sets World Record for Prices of Mid-Band Spectrum Licenses

August 2, 2021 – Canada’s recently completed 5G auction of 3.5 GHz licenses – results announced July 29, 2021 – blasted through the previous high-water market for mid-band spectrum licenses. The total of C$8.91 billion (US$7.13 billion) in revenues for an average of 125 MHz per market in the 3450-3650 MHz range represents a record…

CRTC Applications for Broadband Funding – It’s a GO!

Broadband access in rural areas is costly whether it is fixed or mobile. The low population density often coupled with remoteness make a positive return on investment for providers difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. Subsidies are available to help broadband providers bring their services at an affordable price for those living in rural areas,…

Will Canada Fire the Starting Gun for 5G Deployment this Week?

The Canadian telecom industry has been (im)patiently waiting for ISED – the Industry, Science and Economic Development Ministry – to make public key decisions that will shape the deployment of 5G services, and possibly of competition, in Canada for many years to come. Following on the heals of the recently completed 600 MHz auction, it…

5G Spectrum Trifecta Starting to Take Shape

Implementation of 5G services will require a trifecta of spectrum bands: low band (below 1 GHz) for coverage particularly in rural areas, mid band (typically 2-6 GHz) for capacity with reasonable coverage, and high bands (mmWave, typically above 24 GHz) for high capacity but with limited range. Worldwide auction activity is starting to reveal the…