Feeds

Leap bounds into 700MHz auction

Cricket pounces

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Leap Wireless will bid for the coveted 700MHz band - a juicy slice of the US airwaves - joining Google, Frontline Wireless, Cox Communications, and most likely Verizon and AT&T.

The Federal Trade Commission plans to auction off the band at the end of January, and Monday was the deadline for joining the fun. That day, in a filing with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), Leap Wireless said it plans to bid "through an indirect wholly owned subsidiary".

The plan, according to company spokesperson Greg Lund, is to win a portion of the spectrum for Leap's Cricket subsidiary, which offers wireless service to people who don't like longterm commitments or background checks.

Leap may bid for the spectrum on its own, or it may bid in tandem with Denali Spectrum License LLC, a business entity in which Leap has a non-controlling interest. "We filed both to bid separately and to bid together," said Lund. "So it will be Leap and/or Denali."

What are Leap's chances? We can't imagine they're very good. Google tossed its hat into the ring last month. Uber-startup Frontline Wireless and cable operator Cox Communications put their gloves on this week. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Verizon and AT&T will join this broadband battle royale.

RCR Wireless News is reporting that Verizon is definitely in, but the company tells us this is not the case. "Verizon Wireless hasn't yet made an announcement on whether the company will participate," said company spokeswoman Heidi Flato. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.