Fixed wireless Internet provider Starry told the FCC that it's preparing to test the "final performance" of its equipment operating in the 24GHz spectrum band, and that its next steps will be "final certification and deployment."
However, the company did not respond to questions from Light Reading about when it might start that deployment.
The Starry Point receiver, used for multiple dwelling units.
(Image source: Starry)
Nonetheless, Starry's filing with the FCC appears to indicate the company is making quick progress on the upgrade and expansion of its fixed wireless efforts.
Now, it appears Starry is moving toward that goal. The company told the FCC it built its own equipment for transmissions in the 24GHz band, and that it wants to test that equipment across three locations in Boston, where its headquarters are located.
Starry said it obtained permission from T-Mobile to conduct its tests in Boston. "Starry does not currently hold 24GHz licenses in the Boston ... area. Starry has notified the licensed user of the spectrum in the test area (T-Mobile) who has not objected to these tests," the company told the FCC.
However, Starry's ultimate ambitions appear to stretch beyond even those efforts. The company won $269 million in funding in the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction last year. As a result, it's now on the hook to construct telecom services across more than 100,000 rural locations in nine states.
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Upstream consumption climbed 63% last year as peak usage shifted to business hours and away from a pre-pandemic surge typically seen during prime time. The nature of upstream usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says.
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