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 3.5 GHz band for wireless broadband services.
In an entry on Verizon’s public policy blog, Patrick Welsh, director of Verizon federal government affairs, said that the companies will work with Ericsson on lab tests at Ericsson’s facilities in Plano, Texas. These tests will prove whether spectrum sharing using ASA/LSA technologies “can complement Verizon’s LTE network while protecting government operations from harmful interference.”
It should be noted that Welsh also mentioned that Verizon continues support for auctioning spectrum for exclusive use when feasible. In the past, Verizon has been accused by a number of other carriers that they were acquiring spectrum to simply stop smaller carriers from acquiring a small amount of spectrum themselves.
Or as T-Mobile put it:
“To foreclose the possibility that this spectrum could be acquired by smaller competitors who would use it more quickly, more intensively, and more efficiently than Verizon Wireless.” – ExtremeTech