You sometimes hear that carriers are interested in purchasing other carriers because when they do so, they are able to utilize that carrier’s spectrum to help widen their network. There have also been deals made where spectrum not used is licensed out. Perhaps a little tired of having to fight over the existing spectrum available, companies like Samsung, Apple, RIM, Intel, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Nokia and Cisco have petitioned the US Congress today to make more bandwidth available, which we can only presume will be utilized by mobile devices produced by these companies. A letter has been sent to both House and Senate technology committees where they are asking them to auction off some of the spectrum, both government and commercially owned, for mobile broadband use.
According to the group, this is due to the rising data demands for wireless services, which we can’t help but think was perpetuated by these companies in the first place, so this request has a touch of irony to it. The group stated that according to the FCC, the US will need an additional 275MHz of spectrum in the next five years. In any case if the government were to give in, this would be win-win not just for mobile users, but for the companies who produce devices that rely on the spectrum. If you’d like to learn more about the group’s petition, head on over to its website for the details.