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US MNOs may get more 2.5 GHz and C-band spectrum despite satellite concerns

Ajit Pai, chairman of US regulator the FCC, announced in a blog post that the agency is veering towards opening up underused portions of the 2.5 GHz band for 5G. He has circulated an order to this effect, calling this the “single largest band of continuous spectrum below 3 GHz”. The vote will take place at the next FCC meeting on July 10. Sprint owns over 110 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum in most markets and has demonstrated the ideal balance between capacity and moderate coverage that it provides for high speed mobile broadband. Sprint has used some of its airwaves for 4G and will deploy others for 5G, having successfully driven a bid to makes its particular band a…

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