xG Technology Responds to Controversial Verizon Spectrum Purchase

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The Department of Justice has approved a controversial spectrum purchase, involving major industry players like Verizon and Comcast; this decision has won the attention of xG Technology.

In recent months, many major players in the wireless communications industry have speculated about what could be a pending shortage of available spectrum. Though the reports of a spectrum shortage remain controversial, with a recent government study decrying them as “an illusion,” this skepticism has not kept several key players in the wireless world from buying up plenty of spectrum space. Most recently, the Department of Justice has approved a major spectrum purchase involving Verizon, Comcast, and two other cable companies—prompting commentary from the innovative company xG Technology.

Verizon announced last year that it planned to buy $3.6 billion worth of unused spectrum from four of the nation’s largest cable providers, among them Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Verizon’s intention is to use the spectrum to expand its 4G capabilities, while offering the cable companies access to it for their own “triple-play” packages.

The Department of Justice initially filed an antitrust lawsuit, but has since approved of the purchase—with some amendments to the original contract.

The controversial deal has won the attention of major wireless communications innovator xG Technology. The company has weighed in on the controversy with a new statement to the press.

“This another example of the growing importance of wireless spectrum as applications and people go mobile,” says xG Technology’s Vice President of Government Sales, Rich Schubiger. “The $3.6 billion deal for additional spectrum shows how much value these airwaves contain for wireless operators. With this deal, the amount of unused licensed spectrum suitable for LTE is greatly diminished in the U.S.”

“However,” Schubiger continues, “carriers, public safety agencies and rural telcos have other options when it comes to deploying mobile broadband networks and the spectrum they’ll need to do it.”

He goes on to highlight his own company’s technological advancements. “xG Technology has developed xMax, a cognitive (smart) wireless voice and broadband solution that can deliver 4G services using free and freely available unlicensed frequencies.”

Explains Schubiger, “This can save millions or even billions of dollars in capital outlays, since expensive and scare licensed frequencies are not required. This enables rural telcos, public safety, and other network operators to deploy 4G services without the typical costs associated with those networks. xMax networks also support all existing smartphones, laptops, tablets and other IP capable devices, as well as the apps that run on these devices seamlessly and transparently. Customers can use the devices and apps they already know and love on the xMax network, with no changes required to any hardware or software in their devices.”


xG Technology is one of the world’s premier developers of innovative wireless communication technologies. The company’s patented intellectual property portfolio includes a wide array of applications, including smart wireless networks that can help address the pending global spectrum shortage. xG Technology is the firm behind xMax, the first carrier-class cognitive (i.e. smart) radio network. xMax’s standards-based IP architecture reduces network deployment, management and operational expenses while also simplifying the delivery of fixed and mobile services. Based in the United States, xG has over 60 U.S. and more than 140 international patents and pending patent applications. For more information, please visit http://www.xgtechnology.com.

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