The old saying ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ has taken a new meaning this weekend as we all heard about AT&T’s plans to buy out T-Mobile USA. Since T-Mobile has a 3G spectrum of 1700MHz (AWS band) , and AT&T has had difficulties keeping up with the congested network since they launched the iPhone 3G, this comes as no real shock that AT&T plans to use T-Mobile’s HSPA+ spectrum to help clear way for LTE coverage across the US.
As seen in the press release slide above, AT&T will
destroy, erase, improve consume the spectrum and roll it up into LTE down the road. The best benefit to this will be for T-Mobile consumers who will no doubt see coverage increases during the whole process. None of this will happen of course until this deal gets approved, and that will take some time to cut the red tape.