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700MHz Technology Options: Reshaping the U.S. Wireless Market
The upcoming Federal Communication Commission (FCC) auction of 700MHz spectrum in early 2008 will make the U.S. the first major nation to allocate spectrum reclaimed from the shutdown of inefficient analog TV services. Putting this asset, sometimes known as the "digital dividend," to work ahead of other nations is expected to benefit the U.S. economy and make the country's wireless market a testing ground for next-generation mobile broadband technologies. The auction will reshape the U.S. wireless market and has the potential to influence regulation and technology choices internationally.

700MHz Technology Options: Reshaping the U.S. Wireless Market examines the spectrum being allocated in the upcoming 700MHz auction, evaluates the technology choices available to potential bidders, and investigates how 700MHz network deployments could influence the commercial strategies of key players in the U.S. wireless market. The report considers three primary cellular technology paths: the 3GPP path, including GSM, Wideband CDMA, and next-generation LTE technology; the 3GPP2 path, including CDMA 1X, EV-DO Rev. A, and next-generation Ultra Mobile Broadband; and the IEEE and WiMax path, specifically 802.16e, 802.16m, and the profiles and system architecture defined by the WiMAX Forum.

The report contains analysis of the strategies that new entrants and incumbent bidders could employ in the 700MHz auctions and subsequent network rollouts, along with profiles of key equipment vendors. Technology-related items discussed in the report include:

Capex requirements at 700MHz frequencies
Capacity challenges implied by the FCC's 700MHz band plan
Multiband, multimode terminal chipset challenges
Open-access conditions imposed on the flagship 2x11MHz C Block
Requirements of the D Block and the public safety partnership
Frequency reuse in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) systems
Time-division duplex vs. frequency-division duplex
Upgrade paths from today's 3G equipment to next-gen OFDMA-based systems

700MHz Technology Options: Reshaping the U.S. Wireless Market provides valuable insight and analysis for a range of industry participants, including:

Mobile operators seeking insight into which next-gen radio technologies vendors are backing with substantial R&D investments, and which are merely being paid lip-service
Wireless equipment vendors that require an independent view of their competitive positioning relative to the likely requirements of 700MHz auction winners
Investors assessing the financial impact of 700MHz spectrum wins and the challenges associated with network buildout
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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Network operators and system vendors acknowledge significant uncertainty as to how various 700MHz scenarios will play out. Nevertheless, it's possible to make estimates regarding likely outcomes. The starting point is an assessment of the four principal U.S. wireless carriers. A summary of their respective positions is shown in the table below.
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The FCC views 700 MHz as an opportunity for a new entrant to provide nationwide cellular coverage. The table below summarizes other potential bidders' positions and potential outcomes in the auction.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: Airspan Networks Inc.; Airvana Inc.; Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU); AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T); Beceem Communications Inc.; Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); Frontline Wireless LLC; Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); NextWave Wireless Inc. (Nasdaq: WAVE); Nokia Siemens Networks B.V.; Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE: NT); Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM); Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC); Soma Networks Inc.; Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S); T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT); Vanu Inc.; Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ); and ZTE Corp. (Hong Kong: 763).
Total pages: 35
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