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New FCC rules for 900 MHz will support new private network operators

While 5G and the opening up of midband spectrum is relieving the spectrum shortage for operators in most parts of the world, the US MNOs remain starved of the best bands to support a strong business case (see separate item). To make matters worse, they are facing new competitors, not just Dish and the cablecos, but the rise of private network operators, often targeting the enterprise and industrial applications which MNOs have often failed to address. These specialized providers will also be looking for licensed spectrum, for those services which are too mission critical to trust to shared bands, and the FCC is showing itself ready to consider some radical changes to some areas of the spectrum to encourage these…

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