T-Mobile CTO has ‘huge interest’ in 3.5 GHz

T-Mobile CTO has ‘huge interest’ in 3.5 GHz 640 480 C-Suite Network
Neville Ray
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said during the conference call that T-Mobile has been very active on the small cell front.

Quizzed about T-Mobile’s interest in 2.5 GHz spectrum, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said he has “huge interest” in the 3.5 GHz block and said the 3.5-4 GHz range is the most formative block of spectrum emerging globally for 5G.

“I don’t think about 2.5 that much,” he said during the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call, at which executives clarified their thoughts on 2.5. (Any spectrum is good spectrum but they’re not that into it.) “I don’t think about Dish spectrum that much, it’s tough spectrum to come after and to secure. We will make sure we have a great future with the assets we have.”

“If you want to talk about where is the most formative block of spectrum emerging globally for 5G, it’s in the 3.5 to kind of 4 gig range,” he added. The FCC will consider a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) at its August meeting that asks detailed questions about three specific midrange bands, including the 3.7-4.2 GHz band.

T-Mobile is so interested in the 3.5 GHz band, which is also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Services band, that it filed a petition for rulemaking with the FCC to amend the CBRS rules so that it’s more attractive to mobile carriers. In particular, the “uncarrier” would like to see the commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to auction all 150 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band as PALs, or Priority Access Licenses,…

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