AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile to explore spectrum sharing with government

1 Feb 2013

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have inked a joint agreement with the US Department of Defense to explore the possibility of sharing 95MHz of spectrum that is currently used by the Pentagon and other federal agencies, FierceWireless reports. The arrangement, which concerns spectrum in the 1755MHz-1850MHz frequency band, comes as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seek to encourage spectrum sharing between commercial and government users to help meet the growing demand for mobile broadband. Sprint Nextel is notable by its absence from the pact, but a spokesman for the firm John Taylor told FierceWireless that his company intends to follow the group’s work, and is already in communication with the NTIA.