FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction comes to a close with $44.9 billion in bids

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It’s officially over! The FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction has officially come to an end, and it was a biggie.

The AWS-3 spectrum auction closed with after 341 rounds of bidding, with the total of winning bids finished at $44.899 billion. That’s substantially more than previous spectrum auctions. For example, the AWS-1 auction that took place in 2006 finished at $13.7 billion, while the 700MHz auction in 2008 ended at $18.9 billion.

At stake in the AWS-3 auction was the G Block (1755-1760/2155-2160MHz), H Block (1760-1765/2160-2165MHz), I Block (1765-1770/2165-2170MHZ), and J Block (1770-1780/2170-2180MHz). Licenses for the paired spectrum drew the biggest bids, with the 10×10 MHz J Block in major metropolitan areas drawing a lot of attention.

Unfortunately, it’s not yet known who bid and what they won in the auction. The FCC will identify the winners in the near future.

Considering the increasing importance of mobile and the need for more spectrum, it’s no surprise to hear that this AWS-3 auction drew such a large amount of money. What will be interesting is seeing who won spectrum and exactly how much they’ll shell out for their winning bid.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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  • lion7718

    It is rumored that AT&T is for for $22 Billion of the $45 Billion.

    • k

      Insanity. That coupled with a directv purchase and some mexico asset purchases, youd have to agree on legere’s strategy to push hard on the 600mhz auction. If theres that much tie up of cash and debt by att, and verizon is stuck with vodafone debt, whod be willing to give them more debt to purchase airwaves? TMUS may have a chance to get some.

      • TK – Indy

        People shouldn’t even worry about 600 MHz yet, it won’t be usable for 4 or 5 years. The landscape could look very different by then, and there could be new technologies that make it unnecessary anyway.

  • YABD

    Why that spectrum is so expensive? What telecommunications company can improve with it? Please somebody explain me.

    • k

      Its capacity. The more airwaves the more capacity the more customers. Or at least keep existing customers happy with adequate speeds.

    • Mike

      AT&T needs this to supplement their congested low band network in urban areas.

      • Ashton3002

        They don’t need it need it like many suggest but They want it. They have spectrum in the 2.3 MHz ready for deployment if they just wanted raw capacity. And they could use it with carrier aggregation with their 700 MHz LTE network. I think they probably didn’t want Tmobile to get much of it. Which is the reason they may have spent big. Also they don’t hAve much mid band spectrum. So I bet they are getting it to sit on or create a monser of a network as far as speed goes With the help of carrier aggregation. But who knows.

        • Mike

          They do need it as demand is growing and they had to cough up alot of this type of spectrum to T-Mobile in the failed merger deal.

        • Ashton3002

          And like I said eaier. If you read it. Is that If they wanted just pure raw capacity they could deploy spectrum in the 2.3mhz range.

        • Mike

          They could, but it’s easier for them to go after AWS3 since they already have AWS1. The cost to deploy the 2.3 would be very high. The capacity is needed. Try using data in the city of Chicago. It’s fast in the middle of the night but can be very slow during the day.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Same with Verizon.

  • Dan Hesse

    Alex Wagner, are you the new TMO news guy? I like your reporting. Good stuff bro. I’ll even let the Richard Sherman article slide. When will you introduce yourself formally to readers here?

    Thanks for the auction news. I hope you figure out the results and write an extensive winners and losers in this auction. With details as they apply to the largest 40 metro areas. I’m guessing Sprint did well because of sugar daddy Softbank. I’m not sure if they took part, but that’s my guess if Sprint was involved. Let us know.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Uhh, Sprint sat the auction out. They don’t own any AWS-1 anyway, so AWS-3 is of very limited use for them.

      • Dan Hesse

        So does that make Sprint a loser necessarily? Damn all that money in Japan and they pass.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Depends. In acquiring AWS-3, yeah, Sprint lost. In conserving resources for the potential 600 MHz auction maybe that isn’t a loss. Sprint’s object wasn’t to get any AWS, so they really don’t even have anything to do with this auction.

        • superg05

          they currently have more spectrum than any carrier in the US with i think i read 150mhz

        • KingCobra

          Sprint doesn’t need AWS. They have tons of high band spectrum that they’re not even using right now.

    • Justsomecommentor

      Sprint did not participate.

    • Mike

      Dan Hesse? Love the screen name.

  • I have the impression that TMUS is well endowed in the AWS1 spectrum. Could it have taken part in the AWS3 auction just to cover holes in in its AWS1 coverage?

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      I think that’s likely. They have a good bit nationwide, and it can be easily aggregated with the PCS that they have a good bit of nationwide. They probably sought to fill holes with small 5×5 licenses (probably grabbed multiple where they could) and are likely saving themselves for 700 MHz acquisitions and the 600 MHz auction (if it ever happens).

      • Joe

        I hope they got some spectrum in NC cuz we need it so bad.

        • KingCobra

          I don’t know of any markets in NC where T-Mobile is heavily strained for capacity. They need more low band here, not mid band AWS. If they did buy anything here it’s probably to deploy Wideband LTE in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, or the Triad and that’s a bonus, not something that’s really needed badly.

        • Joe

          I live in charlotte and my phone switches to hspa+ in uptown cuz its so congested. So it is kinda needed.

        • KingCobra

          I remember them also getting some more PCS from US Cellular a few months ago in Charlotte too. I don’t think they’ve used it yet though. I’d love for them to have bought some AWS here so that Charlotte can go Wideband too but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t purchase any.

        • Joe

          Well I guess there wouldn’t be a need for more WAS when they deploy on the PCS spectrum in Charlotte. But we definitely need the low band.

    • Mike

      That would be my belief as TMO owns the majority of the AWS1 spectrum.

    • Kidney_Thief

      T-Mobile said prior to the auction that they would be buying in areas where they couldn’t deploy 20+20 MHz LTE due to lack of spectrum.

  • Alex Wagner is an Excellent writer for Phone Dog and a quite Welcome addition to the TMONews staff. :D I think it’s safe to say that this Auction was a Three way Horse race between Verizon, Att, and T-Mobile. I hope Safeguards were in place to ensure Magenta was able to acquire a reasonable amount of Spectrum.

    • Bourgeois

      I noticed the articles were recently posting late for Cam’s timezone. I didn’t realize it was Alex was posting.

      I hope Cam continues to participate on this site, I enjoyed his blogs. If not, Cam thanks for all the dedication, hard work, and time spent on our behalf.

      Alex, if you are taking over this site, welcome!

      • thepanttherlady

        I think Cam has been on vacation this week but will be back this weekend.

    • Fraydog

      Analysts are speculating $3 billion for TMUS. I can only guess they primarily bid in places like Chicago, Cincinnatti, New Orleans, and other markets where they are spectrum constrained.

      • Mike

        Chicago is already pretty fast. We need 700 Mhz here. TMO’s only top 20 market without it.

  • ChristianMcC

    Verizon is the winner, I’ll bet.

    • Mike

      I think its AT&T. Im sure VZW did by some, but they dont need it too badly. But to your point, VZW had the power to buy all of it if it was allowable and they wanted to.

      • Cayden Griesbach

        Att would of won the battle if Verizon was lacking spectrum depth anyways. Atthave more capital available because Verizon is still recovering from its 150 billion dollar purchase

    • KingCobra

      AT&T probably spent more. They’ve begun to fall to 3rd in many markets where Verizon has XLTE and T-Mobile has Wideband. They needed this AWS more than any other carrier.

  • kev2684

    i’m guessing the results are AT&T > VZW > Others > T-Mo.

    AT&T needs it badly for capacity
    VZW needs it in some places they haven’t acquired AWS-1
    Hoarders
    then T-Mo for just the major cities they lack spectrum on like cinci.

    • Kidney_Thief

      I’m willing to bet T-Mobile spent pretty intelligently in this auction. If I were to guess, they spent money in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, West Texas, and parts of Indiana and Ohio. None of these licenses went for absurd amounts of money, but they need additional spectrum in all of these places.

      They could have to walked away with more spectrum than AT&T and Verizon while spending a lot less money.

      • KingCobra

        I don’t see why they would be spending in those rural areas. This is mid band spectrum, not the low band spectrum they need to cover those areas efficiently (they actually now own 700 mhz that covers the Dakotas and Colorado already). Then they already own AWS spectrum in all of those places, they’ve just chosen not to deploy it yet. They likely purchased in large and mid sized cities where they currently can’t deploy wideband LTE.

        • Kidney_Thief

          There are places where they can’t deploy HSPA and LTE at the same time, which is where they likely are buying up licenses. There are also places where T-Mobile could use more spectrum, like Bismarck, ND. There are also places where T-Mobile doesn’t have 700 MHz spectrum. How do you propose they build out their network in those areas?

          They’re not using AWS to cover geographic area, they’re using for additional capacity in populated areas.

        • KingCobra

          Exactly. The Dakotas don’t exactly have any populated areas. Fargo is only 100K, Bismarck only around 50K and the rest of the state is very sparsely populated. 5mhz of 700 LTE would be enough capacity for those small towns which is why I don’t think they need more AWS capacity beyond what they already own there. Based on what they’re doing in other 2G only areas, they likely won’t add HSPA+ to those areas anyway and just go straight to LTE. But I suppose we’ll have a better idea of their plans once the results of the auction are made public.

          I think we’ll see that T-Mobile spent mostly in markets like Chicago, Cincinnati, and other major cities where they can’t deploy Wideband LTE yet.

        • Kidney_Thief

          There are plenty of towns of “only 50K” that have 10 MHz or more allocated for LTE, so why is it acceptable to you that, just because they live in a more rural area, that they get a lesser network?

          This, of course, is ignoring the fact that the pending 700 MHz licenses don’t cover all of North Dakota.

        • jay_max

          If Legere’s statements that he wants to take Verizon head-on in terms of geographic coverage, then rural places like the Dakotas, Wyoming, Alaska and so forth need to be covered. TMO might not be as profitable covering those areas, but then again, maybe they will, as much of the population there has been captive to the big two.
          More disturbing is this continued animus towards rural and “fly over” territory. It’s somewhat insulting and frankly disrespectful. Let’s all be nice, shall we?

  • Jay J. Blanco

    We need more AWS here in Columbia, SC i’m so tired of my HSPA speeds being faster then my LTE. Just don’t make sense.

    • Mike

      What are the LTE speeds like there?

      • Jay J. Blanco

        6.99 mbps DL on hspa. I maxed out a couple weeks ago with 25mbps
        7.06mbps DL on LTE. I maxed out at 25mbps about a year ago.
        I stay on HSPA because of HD voice and better DL speeds. I use LTE outside of cities.

        • 5.0 from MO

          Needing more speed for the sake of need more speed is dumb. You should just stick to HSPA, geez you’re crying over some seriously dumb non-problem. Your HSPA is probably faster than Sprints LTE and AT&Ts 3G. It’s kinda idiotic to complain that T-Mobiles 3G is too fast…

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I necessarly don’t need speed my city needs more bandwidth Period. 5mhz isn’t cutting it. tmobile speeds are probably the slowest in my metro thanks to aws hspa still being in place

        • Mike

          AT&T’s 3G is HSPA dummy

        • Piccolo P

          No shitesherlock. No one said it was or wasn’t you idiotMark. What an irrelevant comment, nice job dimwit

        • Joe

          Why are people on the Internet so aggressive and rude I know that no one said that it’s not hspa but you don’t need to be so rude and childish

        • Mike

          Speak clearly then. At&t’s 3G should have been referred to as HSPA. You were making a comparison. Keep apples with apples and oranges with oranges. You kiss your momma with that mouth btw?

        • Piccolo P

          WTF? I made no comparison. I just read this thread and noticed what an ignorant fool you were being. The post you were replying to was pretty clear, you just chose to be a belligerent ass. So I checkmated you for being a jerk.

        • Mike

          wow. I dont feel so bad. Im lucky i guess. I dont live in or near any big cities and i get speeds up to 70mbps down and 20mbps up on LTE here. HSPA hits 25 mbps down and about 4 mbps up here. We dont have true wideband here yet either

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I’ll be happy with 30mbps…

        • Mike

          what phone do you use?

        • Jay J. Blanco

          S4 for now.

        • Mike

          I just jumped from an iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6. My speeds were faster on the 6 since i opened the box. Nothing changed on the network here. If you are an android guy Id get a Note 4 or wait for the S6. Sometimes just the chipset makes a difference.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Im getting the Note 4 in the Spring . Maybe that’ll help

        • Mike

          Keep in mind too that all 2G/Edge areas will be LTE by mid year. Maybe that will help by you.

        • Romdude

          our hspa goes up to 58mbps, Lte upwards of 70mbps. T-Mobile is the fastest in Honolulu.

  • sushimane

    hopefully tmobile get what they bid for i know they weren’t bidding hard but for the 600mhz they gonna do work.

  • VG

    Interesting to see if Dish bought significant spectrum. If so, they may be making a play for T-Mobile.

  • Bordelais

    The real question is WHERE does this this $44.899B go and WHO eventually profits from or pockets this money? The FCC shouldn’t be in the business of making money, a lot of red flags here if you ask me.

    Follow the money trail and I bet we find something ugly.

    • Kidney_Thief

      Well, if you read the FCC documentation, which is publicly available, you’ll find that this auction is funding a national wireless network for first responders, called FirstNet.

      • Piccolo P

        Well if that’s where it’s going the that’s a stupid fuken ideal. That like building power plants for nationwide for a national first responders power grid. Fuk that. This money should go to paying down some debt and building more prisons in MI, MS and AL and with whatever is left over education.

        • Kidney_Thief

          I’ll remember that you said this the next time you need an ambulance, the fire department, or police response.

        • Piccolo P

          I’ll remember that when your taxes are too high, you get shot by a HS drop out that was let out of prison to make room for “more violent” criminals. Or current telecom system is good enough for our govt and our 1st responders. this is a scam.

        • Kidney_Thief

          I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Because of the success of this auction, none of your tax dollars or going to the buildout of FirstNet, so you can calm down.

          FirstNet is meant to allow intercommunication between agencies in times of disaster, allowing them to share voice and data between each other. Ultimately, this will save lives.

        • Piccolo P

          This spectrum belongs to the people. I am part of the people. Money that gets used to build this BS “first responder” private network is a scam. It’s not necessary. 40 years ago our telephone network was good enough for first responders then and you didn’t see the govt having some stupid need for thier own govt landlines. They used the commercial landlines bc it’s stupid to redundantly build and maintain a seperate network. Look, if your too dumb to see they called it FirstNet to sugar coat the turd then I can’t help. Money’s from this auction could be put to better use even in public health if your worried about savings lives. Investing in healthcare saves more lives than this bullshite First that may never get used but in extreme emergencies. And you can’t guarentee me this bs network can’t have the same outages as the commercial. If you think that then your pretty naive.

        • Kidney_Thief

          There’s plenty of airwaves available for public use. This spectrum just doesn’t happen to be part of that. Don’t like it? Write your elected officials sometime.

          In the meantime, please don’t insult my intelligence or call me names. I’ve been more cordial to you than you deserve.

        • Darwinski

          Building more prisons and then maybe education? What the hell?

        • KingCobra

          The US has way more prisons than they need.

      • Bordelais

        I’m grateful for first responders services, but come on. They should be funded by tax dollars with a proper budget like everything else. Handing them massive amounts of dollars like this is irresponsible and will lead to money funneling to someone’s pockets. It always does.

        This money could/should be used to build out a public mobile network infrastructure for rural areas and along major highways and interstates that all carriers can use.

        Or maybe the money could be used to cover all the fees and taxes already on my phone bill.

        I’m annoyed.

        • Kidney_Thief

          There are already programs, funded by auctions like this, that subsidize rural installation of fiber optic cable, and wireless towers. I suppose you object to that as well, yes?

        • Bordelais

          When it appears like a new form of taxation I suppose I do. I especially dislike it when it is wrapped in a pretty bow. Why would anyone disagree with life saving services right?

          Look I am not against the services, I just think the way it is funded is shady. Use proper tax dollars and if there isn’t enough then raise taxes or allocate tax dollars from some other area.

          Selling these licenses at the highest bidder turns our government into a business which is not it’s function in my opinion.

          If find it repulsive that the bids finished at $44B dollars.

        • Kidney_Thief

          Spectrum has been auctioned this way for decades, and it’s been funding rural wireless and other communications programs for just as long. FirstNet was originally going to be partially funded through tax dollars originally, but because of the success of this auction, it doesn’t need to be. Why would you spend tax dollars when you don’t need to?

          I feel like you’re protesting for the sake of protesting. As for the government acting as a business, that’s been going on for a while. Do have a problem with Medicare? That’s a government business. Or the FDIC? Also a government business. What about Amtrak? You guessed it, also a government business.

        • barerimu

          I think it is stupid the bidding is done as a lump sum.
          I wish the FCC would take the bids as % of revenue of the winning bidder. This lump sum stuff is not adjusting for inflation. using the Spectrum previously for 13.7 billion from 2006 seems like chump change when you think about how much these companies are generating from this spectrum. Secondly that money should not be funneled to some new entitlement…will they end that program (FirstNet) when they spend through this 44Billion…I doubt it. That money should go straight into the budget as general funds.

        • Kidney_Thief

          If you did it as a percentage of revenue, then it would only encourage spectrum squatters to claim tons of available spectrum, then sell it on to the highest bidder, potentially hoarding it for years, with no public benefit. Would you rather that happen?

    • eanfoso

      You’re being the average incompetent American who wines over everything, in your eyes no one can be rich, we all have to have the same income, right? It’s pathetic to see people wine about oil companies making billions, thinking they’re scamming people yet they won’t do anything to not depend on foreign oil, one of the main things would be to ride a damn bike

      • TylerCameron

        Where I live, a bike won’t get you anywhere. More than 3 miles in any direction is highway :/

      • Bordelais

        I guess my expectation of you were too high.

        Let me lower them so we can have a conversation.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I want more AWS spectrum in NC. 10Mhz of LTE is good but most states have 15×15 or 20×20. I check Sensorly every day and most of the “famous cities” are great when it comes LTE. Right now I get one bar of LTE, then it switches to 2 bars of 4G then Edge then back again. Not being greedy but the Piedmont region of NC needs faster stronger LTE. At least 15Mhz.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      More bandwidth won’t improve signal strength

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Whatever they have to do to improve signal strength please T-Mobile just do it

        • eanfoso

          Get a signal booster cradle from amazon man, it’ll increase your signal strength like crazy, ideal for when traveling or even at home.

        • gmo8492

          Which one would you recommend?

    • Chad

      Agreed! We need more of something, lol!

  • Anony

    Not sure what this means for exisiting phones. All that we need is band 4 and we’re all good to go for whatever new deployments are made on the purchase?

  • Guest

    Who gets all these money? Pay to the govt and reduce the deficit?

    • Clifton K. Morris

      In other countries, most phone and internet providers are a part of the Government Post office. This is how T-Mobile got started.

      In Europe or Germany, when T-Mobile or other providers need more airwaves, they go to the government, and usually the government rolls over and gives it to them.

      It’s similar to how T-Mobile is broke and instead of raising money, T-Mobile is asking the US Government for “special rules” to the 600MHz auction.

      Point is, you can’t win airwaves if you don’t bid. If you don’t bid, your doing business in the wrong country. And asking the FCC for special rules isn’t how capitalism works. It’s more socialist.

      • Steve

        T-Mobile being that it is owned by Germans is actually sort of a good thing. These new types of plans where you get the service cheaper, but pay for the phone, is what has been going on in Europe for as long as I can remember and that is quite some time. JL, didn’t come up with all of these uncarrier moves on his own. They kind of really just transferred all of the service offers they had overseas, and if it was unlike anything carriers offered here, it became Uncarrier. Just thought I would shed some light and insert my thoughts, not here to argue :)

        • Clifton K. Morris

          That would make sense and hold water if Legere first worked in any position at Deutsche Telekom before running the US business. However, he worked at a fiber optic company, based in sunny Bermuda before taking the spot left vacant by Philip Humm.

        • itguy08

          I think you need to read up on Legere. He also did a long stint at AT&T….

          He’s been around the telecom world a long time:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Legere

        • Chris

          He doesn’t need to be working on any position in DT for Steve’s point to hold up. DT still holds major share, any idea that they have they can easily suggests in Board Meetings.

      • randomnerd_number38

        Yeah, I know. Them damn Reds, right?

        1957 called, they want their world views back.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Awesome! Well said.

        • Mr Paul

          Yes, welcome to Capitalism, libtard.

          T-Mobile is owned by DT. Where was DT in the 700MHz auction? Huh? It’s all Verizon and AT&T’s fault, right? They’re the cause of all the world’s problems. It’s also really bad the billions they pump into our economy, right?

          You think AT&T and Verizon got that wealthy because they’re evil oppressors and T-Mobile is a poor, victimized red-headed stepchild?

          I don’t like the way AT&T and ESPECIALLY Verizon operate, but people choose to line their pockets and allow them to operate that way by using their services. If anything, that’s what sucks about capitalism.

          Actually, more socialist countries like China have far, far better cell coverage and networks, because they don’t give greedy corporations the freedom to rape people dry, but instead force progress along. I am not saying I agree or disagree with that type of economy, but they obviously get things done.

          The government needs to change the rules for poor old T-Mobile? No, if anything, T-Mobile should have the LEAST priority, because they are owned by a foreign company. If they become an American-owned and operating company, then yes, an American company can lobby an American government agency.

          Also, if the FCC gave a rat-ass about monopolies or duopolies, they would’ve broken up Verizon 5-6 years ago, and AT&T and Verizon by now as well. It’s not happening, and it won’t.

          T-Mobile needs to get sold to an American company that wants to invest in them. DT owning them is their biggest downfall, just like Morris said, point blank.

        • randomnerd_number38

          I’m not a libtard, I’m pretty close to center, actually. I simply don’t believe that rules to ensure all mobile phone companies have a chance at spectrum is Socialism. AT&T and Verizon combined have around 65-70% market share. Why should they be allowed to buy more than 70% of the spectrum? Why does anything less than letting those with the most money squash everyone else equate to evil Socialism? Isn’t there a happy medium we can agree on?

          I don’t think either Capitalism or Socialism are inherently wrong or evil. I think responsible, reasonable people can find a way for us to operate as a society without picking sides and calling each other libtards and rednecks. It’s this cool thing called Democracy, a form of which is in use by our great republic. Part of what makes our brand of it work well is people being able to debate each other on the merit of their ideas without dismissing those ideas with prejudice.

          AT&T and Verizon don’t cause ALL the world’s problems. Just the ones in the US wireless industry. ;)
          Joking aside, to address a couple of your points:

          During the 700 mhz auctions, DT was struggling to get the US government to get off the AWS spectrum they purchased so they could roll out the billions of dollars worth they had acquired in recent years.

          Verizon got where they are by having a sugar daddy in Europe. You know about Vodaphone, right? And both AT&T and Verizon grew a lot by mergers and acquisitions. If you were trying to convince me that Verizon and AT&T are somehow more deserving of preferential rules that T-Mobile, you have failed.

          The government doesn’t need to change the rules for “poor old T-Mobile,” they need to change them for the good of the industry as a whole. And before you set up another straw man, I’m not saying T-Mobile is some warrior of justice. They happen to be in the right IMO, but of course they are lobbying for the good of their company. As you said, welcome to Capitalism.

          The FCC/DOJ do give at least a portion of a rat’s ass about monopolies/duopolies. They blocked the AT&T acquisition, right? DT even sent out a VERY German CEO to convince the government agencies that it was time to let red-blooded Americans own T-Mobile and not those Nazi Germans. Government agencies STILL broke it up because of the concerns over monopolies/duopolies. So yeah, I disagree with you there, too.

          I do agree with you that they would benefit from a buyout, though. Dish or Google or some kinda deal involving both. That would be cool. But see, it wouldn’t be cool because DAMN SOCIALIST DT or that DT is a German company. It would be cool because there are exciting possibilities when you start thinking about combinations of technologies from Dish or Google.

          Thanks for the debate, even if you’re a little rude. I kinda deserved it with my snide remarks about 1957 world views :P

      • Orlando Duran

        Tmobile is far from broke. The govt rolls over and gives it them……your ignorance proves you know nothing

  • Tmoluvr

    What happened to Cam??

    • Alex Wagner

      Cam is taking some well-deserved time off. He’ll be back next week.

  • Hope no spectrum wasted on Sprint.

    • PotatoesInLondon

      Not this time, they stayed out of it. They need to work on deploying the extra spectrum they have as is.

      • TylerCameron

        Sprint’s spectrum is useless 2.5GHz spectrum

        • TK – Indy

          Well, it is giving me from 30-50 mbps all over Indiana – so I find it very useful.

        • Mike Palomba

          You don’t need 2.5ghz to get those speeds. In some parts of Staten Island with T-Mobile I get 70 down and in most other places 40-50 but T-Mobile doesn’t have 2.5Ghz

        • DStudio

          Sprint’s network tends to be more enterprise strength (e.g. ping times and jitter). In fact all the other big carriers are generally better than T-mobile in this regard.

          Sprint’s problem is coverage, and the fact that they have probably the most dis-jointed spectrum which isn’t coordinated very well. Verizon and AT&T’s problem is congestion. T-mobile is a pretty good compromise among all the factors. But it’s not like it’s completely superior just because it tests a little faster on Speedtest.

          If I knew I could get 30-50 mbps consistently with Sprint I’d take that over 40-70 mbps with T-mobile. It’s just that I can’t (get that with Sprint)!

        • Bill Berry

          Congratulations are in order for the both of you…it’s nice to know we can have a debate between 30 – 50, 40 – 60, and 70+. Thus of us in rural USA are happy with a measly 1; not a typo, one!