T-Mobile is looking at making a major play in the US government’s upcoming low-frequency spectrum auction. The carrier announced today that it will be able to issue $2 billion in senior notes and then sell them to its parent company, Deutsche Telekom.
This news comes from an SEC filing, where T-Mobile outlined that it will be able to issue these senior notes, which will mature in 2021. The carrier also noted that these senior notes will have a 5.3% coupon until December 1 of this year.
T-Mobile is required to use these additional funds towards acquiring low-frequency spectrum, refinancing debt, or for other corporate demands. The Un-carrier will no doubt use these funds in the upcoming auction, as T-Mobile earlier revealed that it plans to invest up to $10 billion in low-band spectrum. Obviously AT&T and Verizon still have a lot more buying power, but these numbers still put the Magenta carrier in a good position for acquiring this low-band spectrum.
This agreement was put in place so that T-Mobile would have more financial flexibility, according to a spokesman for Deutsche Telekom.
T-Mobile’s past efforts to get an advantage in securing this low-band spectrum have failed, but maybe this $2 billion increase is the boost the carrier needs to go head-to-head with AT&T and Verizon on March 29.
We’re not sure what T-Mobile plans to do on the March 29 auction, but the carrier wants to buy enough low-band spectrum to cover the entirety of the US. $10 billion is more than enough to do that, but we’re not yet sure how aggressive AT&T and Verizon plans to be at the auction.
Either way, acquiring this spectrum would put T-Mobile in a very good place.