While AT&T has been trying to expand the list of companies involved in their “Sponsored Data” program, interest in the program has been basically non-existent with just a few smaller companies having signed on. AT&T’s program only works if a number of big-named companies agree to be part of the program and so far it appears that few if anyone want to join it.
Other companies have also been trying to slowly implement their own toll-free plans in the US. T-Mobile has launched their Music Freedom which exempts data on a customers plan from streaming music services.
Yet, GigaOM wrote a very interesting piece showing that [...]
Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson are planning to conduct field trials where they will all share spectrum currently owned by the US government so that the companies can expand their wireless network capacity.
Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson plan to test a large section of 3.5 GHz spectrum which is usually assigned to military radar applications. All three companies have filed applications with the FCC to conduct the field trials. In the long term, Verizon says, this spectrum could be used for high-demand areas such as “stadiums, college campuses, or airports.”
As FierceWireless notes, the FCC plans to authorize new spectrum-sharing techniques to open up the [...]