Borderless 4G: FCC Inks Spectrum Deals With Canada And Mexico!

by Gaurav Kheterpal on August 4, 2011

Love knows no geographical barriers. And if the FCC has its way, people living near the US – Canada and Mexico borders might soon have no geographical barriers for 4G high-speed Internet access as well. The FCC said Monday it had signed major spectrum-sharing arrangements with Canada and Mexico that will allow wireless broadband service and emergency communications in border areas.

As part of these agreements, United States and Canada will share commercial spectrum in the 700 MHz band as well as some spectrum in the 800 MHz band, while the deal with Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation caters only to the 700 MHz band.

“These arrangements will unleash investment and benefit consumers near the borders by enabling the rollout of 4G wireless broadband service and advanced systems for critical public safety and emergency response communications. I appreciate the commitment and dedicated efforts of everyone who has been involved in these discussions to ensure that we are making the most effective use of this valuable spectrum.” FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

Verizon uses the 700 MHz spectrum for its 4G LTE mobile broadband network. The carrier says these agreements will aid consumers and businesses along the borders in gaining access to the same reliable, fast and most advanced Verizon LTE network as in other parts of the U.S. The carrier aims to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to its entire 3G coverage area and these agreements will ensure that border areas get the same connectivity as other parts of the nation.

The FCC Chairman has always been vocal about the huge economic potential in using the nation’s limited amount of airwaves. He also maintains that “the only thing that can address the growing overall demand for mobile is increasing the overall supply of spectrum and the efficiency of its use.”

Wireless spectrum is hot property these days. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid believes that wireless spectrum can save America from the ongoing debt crisis.

To be honest, I don’t know if another spectrum auction is the best solution to American’s budgetary and debt issues. None the less, I hope that such agreements will unleash investment and benefit consumers near the borders by enabling the rollout of 4G wireless broadband service and advanced systems for critical public safety and emergency response communications.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby: RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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