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Starry says spectrum wins widen reach to 40M US householdsStarry says spectrum wins widen reach to 40M US households

With a batch of 24GHz spectrum in hand, Starry is ready to embark on expansion plans in the US while hinting that its spectrum-agnostic approach has global potential.

Jeff Baumgartner

June 18, 2019

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Starry says spectrum wins widen reach to 40M US households

After coming away with 104 licenses for 24GHz spectrum in parts of 25 states, Starry says it's now gearing up to put that capacity to work.

Starry, a provider of speedy, fixed wireless broadband services, said the 104 licenses won following the FCC's Auction 102, combined with its current deployment roadmap, put the company in position to span more than 40 million households, or north of 25% of all US households.

Starry said the addition of 24GHz capacity enables it to complement its initial use of shared spectrum with exclusive licensed spectrum.

"We built our technology to be agile and operate across a range of frequencies, so that we could take advantage of opportunities like this to expand and grow our network," Starry CEO Chet Kanojia said in a release.

While the new spectrum enables Starry to start the next phase of its plan for the US, Kanojia hinted that the company's spectrum-agnostic approach also offers international potential.

Its platform uses a proprietary, phased array antenna system with MU-MIMO under a point-to-multipoint design. Starry claims its architecture, which can reach a community with dozens of basestation sites, can deliver broadband service at less than $20 per home passed.

Prior to Auction 102, Starry had launched services in a handful of markets -- Boston; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; New York City and Denver. Its uncapped, symmetrical 200Mbit/s service starts at $50 per month.

Starry, which has initially focused on apartment buildings and the broader multiple-dwelling unit market, hasn't announced customer numbers or connected buildings yet. However, the company has said it can usually get 20% of the residents in a building to take its service within 60 to 90 days of launch. Starry has also said the service tends to attract cord-cutters, with the average sub using about 350 gigabytes of data per month.

Starry is generally viewed as tangential consumer broadband competition to cable operators and other wired ISPs.

Having raised more than $250 million, Starry has plans to expand service to Chicago; San Francisco; Houston; Dallas; Seattle; Detroit; Atlanta; Indianapolis; Philadelphia; Miami; Memphis; Phoenix; Minneapolis; Manchester, N.H.; Portland, Ore; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Starry said the licenses won via Auction 102 cover partial economic areas in more than half the US, including the following areas:

State Cities Alabama Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile Arizona Tucson Arkansas Little Rock Colorado Colorado Springs and Fort Collins Florida Jacksonville and Tallahassee Idaho Boise City Illinois Decatur Indiana South Bend, Fort Wayne and Bloomington Kansas Wichita Kentucky Louisville Ohio Cleveland, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton and Columbus Massachusetts Springfield Mississippi Jackson Nevada Las Vegas and Reno New Mexico Albuquerque New York Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester North Carolina Fayetteville, Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh Louisiana Baton Rouge and New Orleans Pennsylvania Harrisburg South Carolina Charleston Tennessee Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis Texas San Antonio, Brownsville, Lubbock and El Paso Virginia Virginia Beach Washington Spokane Wisconsin Milwaukee and Madison Source: Starry.

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About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Baumgartner, who previously had served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013, was most recently Senior Content Producer-Technology at Multichannel News, heading up tech coverage for the publication's online and print platforms, and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting & Cable, a sister publication to Multichannel News. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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