Rival carriers AT&T and T-Mobile in a new deal have agreed to swap PCS and AWS-1 spectrum licenses throughout the United States, according to a couple of new FCC filings. These licenses will be swapped in identical amounts, so the total spectrum both carriers are holding will remain unchanged.
There’s been much excitement and controversy over the upcoming 600MHz wireless spectrum auction, but Sprint won’t be participating in it this time around. The carrier says it has enough spectrum to work with for their future needs.
Qualcomm has announced that they have reached two separate deals to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone and Hutchinson 3G (H3G). Each of the buyers has agreed to purchase a 20 MHz block of the total 40 MHz of L-Band spectrum that Qualcomm owns. Terms of the deals have not been announced and both transactions are subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
L-Band spectrum in the European Union is targeted at providing Supplemental Downlink (SDL) service for Mobile Network Operators. SDL can help them meet demand for downlink-centric services like streaming video on-demand over the cellular network.
source: Qualcomm (PR)
The FCC commissioners met today with a goal of establishing rules for an auction of 600 MHz spectrum scheduled to take place in 2016. The auction is shaping up to be one of the more complex actions undertaken by the FCC as they try to move spectrum from use by television broadcasters to use by mobile carriers. This change is compounded by the FCC’s desire to not see the large wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T use their deep war chests of funds to buy up the available spectrum. Today the FCC announced they have delayed a decision on the final rules until at least their next meeting on August 6th. Read more
As the FCC plans to vote on July 16th on rules for an incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, former representative Henry Waxman, now working as a lobbyist for T-Mobile, has submitted a proposed compromise to FCC chair Tom Wheeler. Waxman says the proposal, Read more
A deal has been struck and approved by a court in Ontario for Rogers Communications, Inc. to purchase small wireless carrier Mobilicity in a deal valued at $465 million. Mobility has been under creditor protection since September 2013 and has been the subject of a bit of a bidding war that includes Telus Corporation. Although Mobilicity is small, the company does possess valuable spectrum, hence the interest from the larger carriers. Read more
Last month Sprint revealed that the company had burned through $914 million in cash during the first quarter as part of its efforts to gain new subscribers. While more consumers are making the switch to Sprint, the financial results are unsustainable over the long haul with analysts projecting another $4.5 billion in cash to be used the rest of this year. In February, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure indicated he was open to selling some of Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum. Analysts are now saying that even that move would not have a major impact on the company’s position. Read more
During the Disrupt NY event today, hosted by TechCrunch, Google’s Astro Teller talked a little bit about Project Loon and how it has morphed since we first heard about it. Project Loon is a Google X project to deploy a fleet of balloons that would circle around the globe providing a platform to provide Internet access to underserved areas. In his presentation today, Teller touched on changes in how Google will access wireless spectrum from existing providers as opposed to securing their own. Read more
T-Mobile’s UnCarrier approach to the cell phone carrier market has pretty bold and successful so far, but when you’re looking at the big picture, T-Mobile’s network still just isn’t on par with what Verizon and AT&T offer, especially in terms of coverage. Looks like 2014 might be the year that changes, though, as T-Mobile is going to pay Verizon over $2 billion for some low-end A-Block spectrum to improve their LTE network. This was some of the spectrum used when Verizon rolled out their LTE network.
This extra spectrum should greatly help T-Mobile’s network, including improving coverage and quality in several markets. T-Mobile anticipates that this block of spectrum should cover about 158 million people in several top markets around the country, which is a pretty significant improvement.
The biggest reason I’ve kept from using T-Mobile is the poor coverage in my area compared to other networks, but if they can keep up this network expansion that may not be a problem for much longer. Have any of you already made the switch to T-Mobile, or have you been waiting for some big move like this?
source: Business Wire
It took about 8 months, but AT&T has finally finalized the deal to purchase $1.9 billion of spectrum from Verizon. Verizon gets to unload some of their 700MHz spectrum to AT&T, and AT&T gets to improve its LTE service for its 42 million customers across the country. The states affected are California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.