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T-Mobile 600MHz Testing Commencements by Market
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:12:37 pm »

With this topic, we'll attempt to post 600MHz market activations by T-Mobile as soon as the information becomes available.

T-Mobile has announced a very aggressive schedule for 600MHz deployments, including in many markets before the end of 2017, which of course means testing prior to offering service to customers.

Most of the first markets T-Mobile will fire up will be rural and suburban, with major markets beginning early 2018. At this time, we have no news regarding any of the other carriers, but we hope to in the future.

As a reminder, the new 600MHz bandplan above channel 37 is:
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 08:27:01 pm »

Commencement of operations in Cheyenne WY and south of Portland ME beginning July 31, 2017
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Re: Cheyenne & Portland ME 07/31/2017
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 10:07:32 am »

Commencement of operations in Cheyenne WY and south of Portland ME beginning July 31, 2017
Hi Henry,

Thanks for posting this. As someone who lives right near Portland, ME I'm going to have to take action in the short term, it appears. All that is left to work with is between 642 and 668... pretty cramped!

Best regards,
Bob Charest
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Re: Cheyenne & Portland ME 07/31/2017
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2017, 01:04:55 pm »

Commencement of operations in Cheyenne WY and south of Portland ME beginning July 31, 2017

Henry,

Thanks a million for sharing this info.  It's deeply appreciated!

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Re: T-Mobile 600MHz Testing Commencements by Market
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 02:35:31 pm »

With this topic, we'll attempt to post 600MHz market activations by T-Mobile as soon as the information becomes available.

This page is an over view of the entire sale and includes an animated plan for T-Mobile's rollout.  Not exact but Henry's notices will be more real...


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Re: Cheyenne & Portland ME 07/31/2017
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2017, 12:19:21 pm »

Hi Henry,

Thanks for posting this. As someone who lives right near Portland, ME I'm going to have to take action in the short term, it appears. All that is left to work with is between 642 and 668... pretty cramped!

Best regards,
Bob Charest

I think you need to be looking lower, below TV Ch 37.  There was some discussion about using guard bands but I don't recall the legality of using vacant blocks in the 600mHz band.
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T-Mobile 600MHz Testing Commencements by Market
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2017, 03:10:26 pm »

Thanks Tim - I'll check. This is just a stopgap measure for me as things are coming at us quickly.

I know we have to vacate. 600MHz by end of 2018...


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Re: Cheyenne & Portland ME 07/31/2017
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2017, 08:48:14 pm »

I think you need to be looking lower, below TV Ch 37.  There was some discussion about using guard bands but I don't recall the legality of using vacant blocks in the 600mHz band.

It will not be legal (sans an STA) to use vacant blocks after the transition period concludes in July 2020, just as it's not legal to use fallow 700MHz channels.

Nor will it be legal to use the two 1MHz guard bands (616-617 MHz and 652-653 MHz).

The 600 MHz spectum above 614 that will be available to wireless mics are*:
614-616   Unlicensed wireless mic operations only.
653-657   Part 74 licensed operation only (part of the duplex gap).
657-663   Shared unlicensed mics and TVBD/WSD (part of the duplex gap).

*20mw ERP maximum.
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Re: Cheyenne & Portland ME 07/31/2017
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2017, 04:55:39 pm »

It will not be legal (sans an STA) to use vacant blocks after the transition period concludes in July 2020, just as it's not legal to use fallow 700MHz channels.

Nor will it be legal to use the two 1MHz guard bands (616-617 MHz and 652-653 MHz).

The 600 MHz spectum above 614 that will be available to wireless mics are*:
614-616   Unlicensed wireless mic operations only.
653-657   Part 74 licensed operation only (part of the duplex gap).
657-663   Shared unlicensed mics and TVBD/WSD (part of the duplex gap).

*20mw ERP maximum.
Henry, do you have an FCC source for this information?  The "layman's page" on the FCC website seems to indicate the guard bands and duplex gap will be available for wireless microphone use indefinitely. 

https://www.fcc.gov/general/wireless-microphones-0

"Spectrum will continue to be available for wireless microphone use on the other TV channels 2-36 (TV band frequencies that fall below 608 MHz), on portions of the 600 MHz guard band (the 614-616 MHz frequencies) and the 600 MHz duplex gap (the 653-663 MHz frequencies), and in various other spectrum bands outside of the TV bands."
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Re: Cheyenne & Portland ME 07/31/2017
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2017, 05:26:57 pm »

Henry, do you have an FCC source for this information?  The "layman's page" on the FCC website seems to indicate the guard bands and duplex gap will be available for wireless microphone use indefinitely. 

https://www.fcc.gov/general/wireless-microphones-0

"Spectrum will continue to be available for wireless microphone use on the other TV channels 2-36 (TV band frequencies that fall below 608 MHz), on portions of the 600 MHz guard band (the 614-616 MHz frequencies) and the 600 MHz duplex gap (the 653-663 MHz frequencies), and in various other spectrum bands outside of the TV bands."

My "source" is multiple FCC NPRMs, the FCC post auction data and T-Mobile for the various bits of information I'm able to disseminate and provide in a more coherent manner. I'm not quite sure what you're asking; the FCC statement you quote matches what I posted earlier. (Just note though that wireless mics will not permitted in the two 1MHz guard bands at 616-617 and 652-653.)
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