3GPP Approves NB-IoT Support for Band 70

DISH Network Corporation has announced that the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), formally approved narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) support for Band 70. Band 70, which was approved in June of this year, already supports LTE-Advanced Pro and combines three spectrum blocks encompassing DISH’s current AWS-4 spectrum as downlink (2000 to 2020 MHz), DISH's H block downlink spectrum (1995 to 2000 MHz), and unpaired AWS-3 uplink spectrum (1695 to 1710 MHz) held by entities in which DISH has invested.

3GPP’s NB-IoT standards create a foundation for the development of wireless infrastructure and devices that support extended coverage for low-cost and densely deployed devices that can feature a battery life of up to 10 years. The 3GPP specifications will enable the development of NB-IoT devices and network infrastructure using Band 70, among other potential uses for the band.

DISH and the entities in which it has invested have on average almost 80 MHz of spectrum nationwide, covering over 23 billion MHz-POPs. Megahertz pop is the name of a telecommunications industry measurement. It refers to one megahertz of bandwidth passing one person in the coverage area in a spectrum license. If you have 6 MHz of spectrum reaching a region of 1 million people, you have 6 million MHz pops.