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IT&E gets new FCC licenses to expand wireless service


By Pacific Island Times News Staff


IT&E has won nine licenses from the Federal Communications Commission to operate on the 2.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum in Guam and the CNMI, which would allow the company to offer wireless services and connect more users and deliver faster speeds with lower latency.


“We’re excited to win our share of these licenses and further improve wireless services to our community. It has always been our mission to provide the best possible wireless voice and data services to the people of Guam and the CNMI,” said Jim Oehlerking, CEO of IT&E.


“Additionally, the 2.5 GHz spectrum is currently used by some of the nation’s largest service providers to deliver 5G and we look forward to finding ways to leverage the spectrum to bring next-generation connections to our region," Oehlerking added.


Spectrum refers to the radio frequencies on which wireless signals travel so that people can communicate with their mobile phones or other devices. The licenses allow IT&E to operate on this particular radio frequency.


The FCC put the 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses up for bid in an auction on July 29 as part of the U.S. government’s effort to expand access to citizens in rural areas and close the digital divide.


IT&E was one of 63 winning bidders nationally and won the majority of the spectrum available in Guam and the CNMI.


IT&E’s current wireless services include LTE, WCDMA and HSPA+ coverage in Guam and the CNMI. Additionally, IT&E operates a wireline and fiber network in the CNMI.


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