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FCC issues white paper on international spectrum for mobile broadband services

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a white paper that provides national comparisons of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum available for mobile broadband services.

The Commission’s white paper, “The Mobile Broadband Spectrum Challenge: International Comparisons,” provides comparative data from the U.S. and nine other industrialized countries on the amount of licensed spectrum available for mobile broadband services. The paper also summarizes the availability of unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband in both the U.S. and the European Union.

Of the countries surveyed, Australia ranks #1 in the amount of licensed spectrum now or soon to be available for mobile broadband services, with over 700 megahertz. The U.S. is second, with approximately 663 megahertz, closely followed by the U.K. (617 megahertz), Germany (615 megahertz), France (605 megahertz) and Spain (600 megahertz).

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The white paper notes that the U.S. licensed spectrum figure does not include spectrum for mobile broadband applications that will be made available through incentive auctions and federal spectrum repurposing efforts.

Read the complete text of the FCC White Paper that provides national comparisons of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum available for mobile broadband services.

 

 

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