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Second Italian ISP uses 3.5 GHz TD-LTE to boost broadband uptake

Last week we reported on Huawei supplying equipment to Italian ISP Tiscali for a fixed wireless TD-LTE network in the 3.5 GHz band. Now Huawei’s compatriot ZTE is doing the same for another Italian provider, Linkem, indicating the new impetus behind this high frequency spectrum, and the headstart which the Chinese vendors enjoy in commercial equipment. The highest profile 3.5 GHz project is the US CBRS band, which has adopted an innovative tiered system of licensed, unlicensed and priority access (the latter for incumbent federal users) with spectrum sharing techniques. This will certainly light new fire under the 3.5 GHz TD-LTE market, which has so far been slow to develop, with a few exceptions like UK Broadband in London. But…

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