United States telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it has reached agreements with Mexico and Canada to share commercial wireless frequencies in border areas. The FCC has inked arrangements with fellow regulatory bodies Industry Canada and Mexico’s Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), for the shared use of spectrum in the 700MHz band along the US-Canada and US-Mexico border areas. The technical principles relating to the 700MHz band will facilitate the deployment of mobile wireless broadband in the 698MHz-758MHz and 776MHz-788MHz bands, which the FCC has determined suitable for Long Term Evolution (LTE). The FCC has also reached a separate agreement with Industry Canada to share spectrum in the 800MHz band; this spectrum will be ‘re-banded’ to alleviate cellular interference with public safety licensees.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski commented: ‘These arrangements will unleash investment and benefit consumers near the borders by enabling the rollout of 4G wireless broadband services 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’.