FCC grants licenses to winners of recent spectrum auctions

A few months after the FCC's advanced wireless services auctions concluded, the commission finally awarded about half of the 1,087 licenses that were bid on and won in the recent auction that was held during the August-September timeframe.

The FCC granted granted 550 of the 1,087 licenses won, and they total about $12.2 billion in total net high bids from the sale. Expect a flurry of press releases from auction winners like T-Mobile USA, which was the largest winner in the auctions as it prepares to launch its own next-generation 3G wireless network.

The Wireless Report Podcast -- November 4, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the eighteenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. Mike and I will be discussing the current state of citywide WiFi from coast to coast, as there is activity happening all over the place. I especially liked the way Houston Mayor Bill White is handling his city's WiFi plans in turn with private industry. We'll talk about that and much more.

I also review the mobile music download services from Verizon and Sprint Nextel. These services are implemented much better than mobile television services and it was really great to get them side by side and compare. Who won? Listen to find out. Cingular just this week announced their music download service, but it is vastly different than those offered by Verizon and Sprint Nextel.

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2:50
Mike runs down the state of the citywide WiFi situation in South Carolina, Texas, New York and other states that continues to see huge growth. 2007 will be the year of the install and implementation as 2006 is shaping up to be the year of massive citywide WiFi planning.

30:15 I review the music download services featured by Verizon Wireless (VCAST) and Sprint Nextel (Sprint Music Store) from start to finish, taking to task the entire customer experience. Who won? Listen to find out -- and if the carriers can make the mobile television experience as close to mobile music, there is a chance for mobile television to survive and thrive.

57:59 Wrap-up and conclusion

TWR's Top 5

The end of another week has arrived, and it's been a busy one here at The Wireless Report. Please take a few moments to check out some of the fruits of our labor. Enjoy!

  1. The Wireless Report Podcast -- October 17, 2006
    We are pleased to bring you the seventeenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be discussing the citywide WiFi situation in Chicago and why Mike and I think that the Chicago folks are really doing things right so far in the Windy City's RFP for a citywide WiFi network. Kudos to them on the detail request and the way in which they have laid out the network they want to build.
  2. ESPN exec says mobile service overestimated consumers' desire to switch
    At a recent magazine publishers event, an ESPN executive vice president said the company's effort to establish a mobile phone service failed because the company overestimated the number of consumers who would switch from their existing service to ESPN Mobile.
  3. Is wireless service becoming commoditized?
    With several larger carriers in the U.S. and other countries these days, has wireless service become commoditized? Of course, the carriers would say no, but when a customer is in a town or city with complete coverage by three or four carriers, it is easily seen how at least voice service is seen as one in the same by millions of consumers.
  4. Washington county commission surveys residents about wireless network
    I like the approach that the state of Washington's Pierce County Rainier Communications Commission (RCC) is taking in terms of determining the needs of its residents when it comes to wireless internet access.
  5. A great idea for mobile video streaming -- teaching
    The world is the wireless industry's oyster if it can only figure out ways to be innovative in product and service offerings -- and many carriers are doing just that since competition is fierce and pressure to find new revenue streams never ends in the mecca of high-tech and consumer uptake.

The Wireless Report Podcast -- October 17, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the seventeenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be discussing the citywide WiFi situation in Chicago and why Mike and I think that the Chicago folks are really doing things right so far in the Windy City's RFP for a citywide WiFi network. Kudos to them on the detail request and the way in which they have laid out the network they want to build.

Additionally, we'll take about the fight from the FCC to take control of wireless bill regulation for the states -- but the states want to control the regulatory process for customers' wireless bills. We'll wrap up the podcast talking about the new FTC document designed to help smaller communities navigate the political obstacles when it comes time to considering a citywide WiFi network.

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2:45
We start off the podcast with a decent talk about wireless bill regulation, and who should regulate this -- the FCC or the individual states. There are needs that the states need to keep control of regardless if the national wireless carriers want a national standards body to regulate wireless billing practices.

31:20 Chicago's Request For Proposal (RFP) for a citywide WiFi network, and how that city is -- at this time -- doing things very right in the way it's going about collecting vendors and bids for the network build as well as paying attention to timelines and detail without the useless marketing fluff that just clogs the process. Very interesting stuff here, and other cities may soon be following Chicago's lead here in the near future.

50:35 We talk about a neat FTC "decision tree" document released by the federal agency that is meant to assist cities in designing and considering citywide WiFi networks with all the political considerations that come along with that -- things that many smaller municipalities don't sometimes consider until it is too late.

1:02 Wrap-up and conclusion

The Wireless Report Podcast -- September 30, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the sixteenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be discussing the odd situation in San Francisco now that the city itself may be competing with the recent Google/Earthlink partnership to install and maintain a citywide wireless network in that city.

Additionally, we'll discuss the past, present and future of the American wireless landscape based on some of the conclusions with the recently-completed FCC advanced wireless services auction, and we'll also touch on wireless VoIP and its effects (or non-effects) on traditional wireless calling plans and carriers.

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2:49
The San Francisco citywide wireless network now has a new controversial face -- the city itself wants to possibly own and operate the network, even as the Google and Earhtlink partnership moves forward with planning and installing the network. Can the City of San Francisco really buy, install and maintain a complete citywide wireless network?

27:39 What the wireless landscape looked like in 1996, what is looks like now and what it will look like in 2016 (10 years from now) based on the recently-completed FCC advanced wireless auctions. Let's take a trip down wireless memory lane and look into the future a bit.

50:35 Will Wireless VoIP be a threat to traditional cellular wireless calling plans? PeerMe's launching on Sprint's EV-DO network as a wireless VoIP solution may help international callers, but may not threaten wireless calling in the domestic sense.

1:00:10 Wrap-up and conclusion

TWR's Top 5

As we say goodbye to the summer and head into the fall, why not dive into the Top 5 stories we've been working on this week at The Wireless Report? Enjoy!

  1. The debate continues over kids bringing cellphones to school
    There's quite a bit of discussion and debate over whether kids should be allowed to bring and/or use their cellphones while in school. It seems there is no clearcut answer, one way or the other.
  2. The Wireless Report Podcast, Special Edition -- September 20, 2006
    We are pleased to bring you a special edition of the The Wireless Report Podcast. I recently spoke with Peter Cannistra from Sprint Nextel and Gary Koerper from Motorola. Both gentlemen are personally and deeply involved with the WiMAX standard and rollout recently announced by Sprint Nextel and had some great insight into this rather-important WiMAX announcement.
  3. Google exec frustrated over pace of negotiation of San Francisco's wireless network
    Uh-oh, there appears to be trouble in paradise for San Francisco and its wireless network plans.
  4. Mobile TV has captured the "industry's" attention -- what about the consumer?
    In yet another interesting line about the mobile industry preaching the effects of mobile television, it still bugs me that the *industry* won't really ask their specific customers exactly what *they* want. After all, the *industry* can harp about mobile TV all day long -- but at the end of the day, if consumers don't bit, then the entire effort has been wasted.
  5. FCC seeks to lift ban from airlines offering WiFi at Boston's Logan Airport
    The chairman of the FCC has stepped into the fray over the ban imposed in 2004 by Boston's Logan International Airport over WiFi services offered by individual airlines at the facility.

The Wireless Report Podcast, Special Edition -- September 20, 2006

We are pleased to bring you a special edition of the The Wireless Report Podcast. I recently spoke with Peter Cannistra from Sprint Nextel and Gary Koerper from Motorola. Both gentlemen are personally and deeply involved with the WiMAX standard and rollout recently announced by Sprint Nextel and had some great insight into this rather-important WiMAX announcement.

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Podcast Topics and Questions asked to Peter and Gary:
  • Sprint's EV-DO Revision A strategy coexisting with the new WiMAX network and how these networks will inter-relate
  • Who will be providing the infrastructure for the WiMAX base stations and customer premise equipment?
  • What will Motorola's position be within the Sprint WiMAX network (what will the company be responsible for?
  • Is Motorola going to assist in the marketing efforts to launch the WiMAX network to the public?
  • Does Sprint have a public roadmap of WiMAX deployment available yet?
  • Does Sprint plan to position its WiMAX network against wired, home broadband alternatives like cable modems and DSL service?

The Wireless Report Podcast -- September 16, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the fifteenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be talking about a recent, dirt-uncovering "fastest wireless high-speed national network" feature post that pits Cingular Wireless against Sprint Nextel first up to bat. Remember -- truth in advertising is not just a forgotten concept.

Mike and I will then segue into the need for priority-based emergency wireless networks with live, on-the-fly information being needed by first responders and emergency personnel. New York City and the U.S. Army are making great strides in this area.

Finally, we'll wrap things up with a semi-review of Immersion's VibeTonz haptics technology, which I recently reviewed. I'll be honest -- this technology may be the next big thin in mobile entertainment. It was wild, and very cool.

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2:45
The Cingular Wireless vs. Sprint Nextel "fastest wireless high-speed data network" boxing match. See who won in Round 1, with more rounds to come in the future. Hey, networks never stop evolving, right?

27:58 The need for emergency wireless systems based on priority for first responders and the need for constant and live wireless informational updates to emergency personnel when disaster strikes

45:45 My take on Immersion's VibeTonz technology for mobile handsets -- this is killer software, folks. Simple "on/off" vibrating motors have nothing on this.

58:35 Wrap-up and conclusion

The Wireless Report Podcast -- September 9, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the fourteenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be talking about the tricky situation unfolding with the rather-large citywide WiFi contract going down in Silicon Valley (free access, as-supported model) and about Toronto's new municipal WiFi network that will be free for six months before customers have to pay for it.

We'll also be discussing Google's new mobile advertising platform, Google AdWords for Mobile, that could possibly change mobile advertising like text ads have changed online advertising (and Google's bankroll proves that).

Another interesting nugget we will be discussing will be amp'd mobile's prediction that the MVNO will have 150,000 customers by the end of December this year. That's a pretty lofty goal to state publicly, so amp'd better get selling!

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5:02
Municipal WiFi happenings in Silicon Valley -- which wants to build an ad-supported wireless network. We both still have reservations about a citywide WiFi network funded solely by advertising. St. Petersburg, Florida received five bids for building its municipal WiFi network as well -- with a request for low to no-access fees. Hmm.

Also, Toronto has unveiled a city-built and funded municipal WiFi network that will be free for the first six months to everyone. After than, the rate will be $5/hour, $10/day and then $29/month -- not a bad tier system if you ask us.

31:23 Google's new AdWords for Mobile program -- text ads are coming to Google searches that happen over Google's mobile search engine. Will this start -- or revolutionize -- mobile and wireless handset advertising? First, Google has to get customers using the service, which will be an uphill climb in the U.S.

47:30 amp'd mobile wants to reach 150,000 customers by December of this year -- and they have a ways to go. Get our take on whether amp'd mobile can make it.

52:59 Wrap-up and conclusion

The Wireless Report Podcast -- August 26, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the thirteenth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be talking about the MetroFi's rather unique gamble on the ad-supported business model it's pushing in some citywide WiFi markets like Portland, Oregon and Santa Clara, California. It looks like MetroFi will be pushing this model going forward as well, but are we convinced of its viability? Listen to find out.

In addition, Mike and myself will be talking about all the activity that has gone on in the past two weeks with the FCC's advanced wireless services (AWS) licenses -- some large, billion-dollar bids have gone up from T-Mobile and Verizon, which the satellite television companies (partnership between DISH and DirecTV) have dropped out of the bidding completely, and unexpectedly. Listen to the podcast and see what we think.

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4:30
The FCC's advanced wireless services auction has passed $13 billion as of today and we discuss and dissect the bidding results thus far in the auction. The top three bidders are T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Sprint-Cable Company joint venture -- and Wireless DBS (the DirecTV-DISH venture) has dropped out of the auction this week due to low to no bidding activity. This auction will shape wireless technology in the U.S. in a huge way, so the impacts of this auction are pretty large.

28:45 MetroFi's latest business model -- installing citywide WiFi networks paid for by private donations and selling advertising space, with no cost to the end customer. Is this a viable model going forward? Nobody knows -- but MetroFi is sticking its tongue out further on the frozen flagpole compared to competitors Earthlink and MobilePro.

52:59 Wrap-up and conclusion

The Wireless Report Podcast -- August 12, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the twelfth regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be talking about the Boston's rather unique MVNO-like citywide WiFi proposal (we hope this experiment works) in addition to the ruffled feathers going on in the Portland, Oregon citywide WiFi network regarding the price for power to all those WiFi transmitters on telephone poles and city utility poles all over town.

In addition, Mike and myself will be talking about this past week's Sprint 4G WiMAX announcement, and how the lines are blurring more than ever on how broadband Internet content wil be passing into and out of consumer homes as well as business locations. Need cable modem service? DSL? EV-DO mobility? How about WiMAX broadband? These questions may crop up at the start of 2008, and broadband choices will be as plentiful as ever by then -- most likely. Is Sprint's 4G WiMAX decision relevant to just one market segment or all of them? Listen to the podcast and see what we think.

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3:35 Boston's citywide wireless network will feature $20 million in donations to build the infrastructure from private donations, and then will be bidded out to multiple ISPs (wholesale bandwidth resale) who will then turn around and offer service to businesses and customers. We can't want to see how this experiment in citywide wireless pans out.

23:55 Portland's power struggle with MetroFi's planned installed citywide wireless network and the local power company's monetary demand for the power supply to all those transmitters. This will not be an isolated incident in future citywide wireless networks.

30:05 Sprint's decision to commit to WiMAX as its 4G wireless data technology, and the $3 billion decision to partner with Motorola, Intel and Samsung for this. I interviewed Bin Shen, VP of Broadband Strategy for Sprint this week on the announcement, and I posed some questions to Mr. Shen about this committment.

51:03 Wrap-up and conclusion

TWR's Top 5

It's been another hectic week here at The Wireless Report. Check out the five best fruits of our labor. Enjoy!

  1. The Wireless Report Podcast -- Interview with Sprint Nextel
    We are pleased to bring you a special edition of The Wireless Report Podcast. I recently spoke with Mr. Barry Tishgart, Director of Marketing for Sprint.
  2. EarthLink VP discusses Pasadena citywide network
    Last week, EarthLink scored another big citywide wireless network win with the city of Pasadena, California approving its bid to develop and deploy the network. As we've stated here in this blog and in our podcasts a number of times before, EarthLink continues to lead the pack when it comes to municipal wireless. The competition is getting tougher--companies such as MobilePro Corp. and MetroFi are pulling up seats at the citywide wireless table. However, EarthLink continues to sit at the head of this table and it'll take a big effort from their competitors to unseat them.
  3. What the wireless carriers should make a #1 priority
    With wireless service becoming somewhat of a commodity perception in many customer's eyes (although it really isn't), the defining factor of differentiation in many cases becomes customer service. Sure, the changes in prices and coverage areas are the two selling points many mobile operators have over the competition, but when it comes down to it, poor customer service can eradicate all that niceity.
  4. Cellphone usage growing in Iraq
    In war-torn Iraq, cellphones are becoming a primary means of communication between people. In fact, text messaging has become all the rage.
  5. Will advanced music phones be able to compete with the iPod?
    After reading this review over at MobileBurn, I am left to wonder if advanced music wireless phones will ever be able to steadily challenge the de-facto music player, the Apple iPod. Many -- including me -- argue that the iPod is not a single product. Its integration with the iTunes movie and music store and the sheer ease-of-use makes the iPod ecosystem hard to resist for many consumers.

The Wireless Report Podcast -- Interview with Sprint Nextel

We are pleased to bring you a special edition of The Wireless Report Podcast. I recently spoke with Mr. Barry Tishgart, Director of Marketing for Sprint.

I asked Mr. Tishgart about Sprint's plans for EV-DO evolution and the iDEN network from the Nextel side, a discussion of Sprint's high-level network plans for the next 19-24 months as well as receiving a very detailed business overview of Sprint's business solutions moving into the latter half of 2006 and into 2007.

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Podcast Contents:
  • Mr. Tishgart provides a high-level overview of Sprint Business' focus, initiatives and key areas for the second half of 2006 and beyond that as well
  • Mr. Tishgart discusses the competitive landscape on the business mobility front and how Sprint Business Services is addressing business customer needs
  • We get the lowdown on Sprint's high-level network plans and forward-looking product portfolio for business
  • Mr. Tishgart gives insight into Sprint's upcoming EV-DO revision A network upgrade as well as what is happening with the Nextel iDEN network and its future development

TWR's Top 5

It's the heat wave edition of The Wireless Report's Top 5 stories of the week. Check out these scorching hot wireless stories! Enjoy!

  1. The Wireless Report Podcast -- July 26, 2006
    We are pleased to bring you the eleventh regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be talking about the resurgence Motorola has seen recently with a bevy of new handsets, an excellent quarter for profit and unit shipments, the successor to the uber-popular RAZR phone and what the recent Motorola-Yahoo! Go announcement will mean for Motorola's future in 2007. Can Motorola once again become the #1 handset maker in the world 11 years after Nokia stole that title from them? The race should be interesting.
  2. Many issues to address for Long Island wireless network supporters
    Here's a really good overview of the plan by Long Island counties to develop and deploy a wireless network. There are many challenges to address in this entire project, namely how best to cover 1,200 square miles with wireless access. And, let's not forget the cost to build it, which could run as high as $100 million or more.
  3. Motorola has gone thin-crazy once again
    Motorola has continued its onslaught of new models from earlier this week and has introduced a 9mm-thick phone without a camera, MP3 player or even a color screen this time. Instead, the new Motorola MOTOFONE will be an extremely entry-level handset with a new electrophoretic display and hardly any features -- except extreme slimness.
  4. Wireless skills becoming more necessary for I.T. professionals
    Interesting story on how wireless skills are considered almost mandatory for any new I.T. network job postings. It stands to reason that as more companies look to expand their networks beyond the home office, that the ability to develop and deploy wireless communications for employees would be a necessary skillset.
  5. 1.5 billion wireless handsets to ship in 2011
    Just when we all thought that 400 million handsets shipped globally in a year would be plenty, the consulting company Analysys has predicted that 1.5 billion (with a "b") handsets will ship globally by the year 2011, a mere five years away.

The Wireless Report Podcast -- July 26, 2006

We are pleased to bring you the eleventh regular installment of The Wireless Report Podcast. We'll be talking about the resurgence Motorola has seen recently with a bevy of new handsets, an excellent quarter for profit and unit shipments, the successor to the uber-popular RAZR phone and what the recent Motorola-Yahoo! Go announcement will mean for Motorola's future in 2007. Can Motorola once again become the #1 handset maker in the world 11 years after Nokia stole that title from them? The race should be interesting.

We're also following a rather neat municipal WiFi situation in Bettendorf, Iowa. This is a small town with a population of 31, 000 that does not appear to have a "digital divide" like larger metro areas, so what can municipal WiFi do for a town like that? Plenty, but the thinking has to be changed. Citywide WiFi deployments can be for several reasons (civil, consumer, corporate). We'll also talk about how ad-supported municipal WiFi networks are not looking good -- this from a recent report from Craig Settles, a leading citywide wireless analyst.

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3:23 Motorola's recent handset announcements, quarterly results and basic "doing all things cool" may make the company a viable #1 competitor to market leader Nokia. Yahoo!'s announcement to embed its services directly in tens of millions of Motorola handsets can only help the handset manufacturer. Y

27:01 The citywide WiFi situation in Bettendorf, Iowa -- why what happens here could actually be a blueprint for smaller communities to deploy citywide WiFi, even if there is not a need for bridging the "digital divide".

42:35 Craig Settles and his analysis and research on why advertising-supported municipal WiFi networks cannot survive on ad revenue alone. As we've said before, perhaps tiered service levels like with cable modem and DSL service are options to support newer municipal WiFi networks?

53:35 Wrap-up and conclusion

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