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T-Mobile Activates First 600 MHz LTE Network (news story)

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This is happening pretty fast...at least in rural US markets...


T-Mobile Activates First 600 MHz LTE Network

First network switched on in Cheyenne, Wyo.


BELLEVUE, WASH.—T-Mobile has wasted little time in getting its first 600 MHz LTE network up and running, announcing that it has lit up its first site in Cheyenne, Wyo.


The new network is the result of the collection low-band spectrum it won in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, for which T-Mobile shelled out $8 billion, the most of anyone. T-Mobile received its spectrum licenses just two months ago, but in the official press release says it is aiming to create its new “super-spectrum” in six months.

T-Mobile’s stated goal is to build out LTE coverage in rural America and other markets where the spectrum is clear of broadcasting.


In addition to the Cheyenne network site—which is utilizing Nokia equipment—T-Mobile has plans to roll out additional 600 MHz sites in Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia and Eastern Washington. 


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According to Lectrosonics, looks like the Los Angeles deployments (or at least the changing around of the TV stations) starts on December 1st, 2018.




Block by Block changes for major cities are posted here



Seems like according to that spreadsheet, there's only going to be 24mhz of space left for mics all in the Lectro A1 band (nothing in B?).  If correct, wouldn't that be a problem for Zaxcom users since most of their stuff doesn't start until the 500mhz range?

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Does anybody know what kind of notice the new license holders are required to give to the general public before they commence operations?

I  am pretty sure they have to notify incumbent stations by mail but I can't find any requirements of notice to the general public.

And, I discovered today (finally slogging through some more FCC data files) that in my location the blocks T-Mobile obtained have no incumbent TV stations anyway.  So, I suppose I could just do a scan one day and discover that 30MHz of spectrum is gone overnight.

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