It looks like a group of competitors including Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Intel and RIM have joined forces to push congress to allow more smartphone airwaves, according to The Hill. In the recent Fiscal Cliff talks, the firm says that talks about auctioning off new spectrum's for airwaves is "relevant".
The companies urged the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate technology committees to look into auctioning some of the spectrum currently used by federal agencies. "Now is the time to ensure the incentive auctions are as robust and successful as possible at liberating spectrum. We should also turn our collective attention on ways to reap the economic benefits of underutilized federal spectrum assets," -The Hill
The FCC is working on implementing a law to auction some TV Stations' airwaves, to cellular carriers. The companies also said that more auctions would be necessary. These airwaves are also known as spectrum, to make sure you aren't confused. These companies all urged top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate technology committee to look into auctioning some spectrum that's currently being used by federal agencies.
Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Intel and RIM also said that new spectrum-efficient technologies wouldn't be enough to meet the demand for mobile data. Which is pretty likely, considering the amount of data we are using now compared to a few years ago. I don't know about the rest of you, but about 3 years ago I was barely using a gigabyte of data a month, and this month I've used over 20GB. That's a huge jump in a relative short amount of time.
According to these manufacturers:
"As technology companies, we joined this debate because policymakers need to know that we cannot simply engineer our way out of this problem,"
So it looks at the rate technology is evolving, we are going to run out of spectrum. So I guess it's good to see these companies coming together to get into the debate with Congress. But it's also surprising to see these companies coming together, especially where they are all (except perhaps Intel) direct competitors with each other.
Source: The Hill