FCC announces results of 600MHz auction, T-Mobile wins more spectrum than any other company

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The FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction officially wrapped up earlier this year following a lot of back and forth between the TV broadcasters, the FCC, and the auction bidders. Now the results of that auction have come out.

T-Mobile announced today that it came away with 1,525 licenses and an average of 31 MHz nationwide, which it spent a total of $7.99 billion on. T-Mo won 45 percent of all of the low-band spectrum available in the auction. This spectrum covers every bit of the US and Puerto Rico, and you can check out the depth of T-Mobile’s 600MHz spectrum winnings in the map below.

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As for when you’ll actually see the benefits of this 600MHz auction, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo will start deploying this year in both new and existing markets. Also of note is that Qualcomm is working on smartphone chipsets that support 600 MHz and that T-Mo suggests that smartphone makers could start offering 600MHz-compatible phones as soon as this year.

When it comes to the auction as a whole, the FCC says that T-Mobile, US Cellular, Dish, and Comcast emerged as the biggest winners. The forward auction included $19.8 billion in gross revenues, which is the second largest in FCC auction history.

There was 70 MHz of low-band spectrum made available in the auction, as well as 14 MHz available for wireless mics and unlicensed use. There were 2,776 license blocks sold in the auction out of a total of 2,912 offered. The FCC also says that there were a total of 50 winning bidders in the forward auction.

You can check out more details on the bidders in the forward auction, including the number of licenses they won and how much they paid, right here.

Sources: T-Mobile, FCC

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  • master94

    Nice, will I finally get indoor service in NYC? I really hope so cause I really love Tmobile.

  • John Doe

    Dammit only 20 MHz in NYC…T-Mobile’s network is starting to get congested here, we need more spectrum.

    It looks like the big cities are the losers in this 600MHz auction for T-Mobile. LA, San Diego, NYC, Orlando, etc.

    Now buy Dish John, I have no idea why Dish keeps on buying spectrum when they do not deploy it…they are already going to lose the licenses they have WTF?

    • Acdc1a

      Unlicensed spectrum is where they’re going to get capacity in big cities.

      • John Doe

        That is a terrible idea, T-Mobile already has terrible indoor signal so using Unlicensed spectrum which is in the 5 GHz band for mobile devices wouldn’t help matters and would take a long time to implement. AT&T is implementing a way to use electrical power lines to deliver millimeter wavelength signals for 5G LTE but even that wouldn’t work in cities like NYC since the power lines are underground.

        • Acdc1a

          The equipment is inexpensive enough that they can place equipment within the buildings. Completely new model that they’ve proven in a lab environment.

    • kpb321

      Congestion in cities is better handled by the higher frequencies anyway. You want more smaller cells to get a higher total bandwidth across all the towers. You do need some lower frequencies to protect against holes in coverage and help with penetration for indoors etc but you want the majority of your traffic on higher bands.

      • John Doe

        Yeah but the problem is if you don’t have enough low band in a city like NYC then everyone indoors will try to connect to the higher frequency and congest that so you have to have a lot of low band to get the people who are indoors off the high frequency bands. This will not only improve congestion it will also improve battery life on those devices.

    • Adam

      I have heard cell carriers are working with the FCC on a standard for installing micro-cells on traffic lights. NYC has no shortage of traffic lights.

      • John Doe

        I guess that can work but they would need to sign a major deal with the city and possibly the governor to do that (I don’t know who exactly regulates traffic lights). Who’s going to pay the electricity bill and repairs?

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      600 Mhz is a coverage band, not a capacity band. Jeez, no one gets that.

      • John Doe

        What? If you have more 600MHz then it can have as much capacity as a small amount of 2100 MHz.

        Each has its benefits and negatives but it’s good to have a mixture of both.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Dammit only 20 MHz in NYC…T-Mobile’s network is starting to get congested here, we need more spectrum.

      T-Mobile site density in NYC is already setup to handle limited amounts of spectrum.

      The experience will be augmented with 10×10 MHz of low-band spectrum.

      • John Doe

        They need to add more to get the people who are indoors off of the high-band spectrum and on to the low-band spectrum.

    • marque2

      They still need to push band 12 in San Diego.

      • Sharti24

        Yes, corando island and 32nd street dont have band 12. Sucks because sprint gets full bars on 32nd street

    • JLP474

      NY is loaded with spectrum…once GSM is shut down that’ll all be converted to L1900

      • John Doe

        Low band spectrum.

  • Love how the image still for the video shows John Legere doing his best “one does not simply” impersonation. That’s memeworthy.

  • Mike

    Why was Dish and Comcast allowed to buy Spectrum? Comcast is a mvno of Verizon and only allows current customers of cable or internet.

    • Daft Serendipity

      they are wanting to get into the cellphone business. Also, this allows them to make devices that offer wireless internet if they want to go that route

    • Fabian Cortez

      Why was Dish and Comcast allowed to buy Spectrum? Comcast is a mvno of Verizon and only allows current customers of cable or internet.

      Why not? Individuals were allowed to purchase spectrum.

      The real question is where was the carrier that should have bought some spectrum? Also, where is this carrier’s white knight that was supposed to bid using a secret name?

  • Steven

    Will current hardware be able to get updates to handle 600mhz? Or do I need to get a whole new device in time? I just bought anew phone 1 month ago….That is the question….

    • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

      You need a new phone. They say they’ll be out soon but who knows when. All current and last gen phones don’t have ability for 600mhz as it was previously only used for TV basically.

      • Steven

        How is this different from 700mhz working on phones. I remember a couple years ago reading about android updates to get old phones working on the new Band 12. Am I mis-remembering something?

        • msohail

          Yes you are mis-remembering… no amount of updates would help if the phone hardware is not compatible.

        • wright1bby

          There were several phones with compatible hardware and non compatible software when TMO started using 700 MHZ.

        • marque2

          Nexus 5 was one of them. The problem was the phones needed to implement VoLTE correctly or else there would be situations where it looked like you could make a 911 call but couldn’t because the standard voice channel would not be available over the extended distances provided by band 12 data link.

        • Steven

          These all make sense. Thanks for clearing up my confusions.

        • wright1bby

          700 MHZ had been in use for years in phones by carriers like Verizon At&T and US Cellular so there were a few phones with chipsets and antennas capable of using the band with software updates when T-mobile started using it. No one has been using 600 MHZ for phones so the hardware isn’t yet compatible.

        • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

          Its exactly the same. You need a new phone to use it once deployed..

  • kev2684

    Who won most of North and Central Florida? We need capacity for low band signals. Band 12 currently is so slow. People with good band 4 coverage still connects to Band 12

  • Steven

    Oh, and how will this Gulf of Mexico purchase work? Will fishing vessels now get cell service out there? How in the world? Towers on oil and gas rigs?

    • Phone Guy

      Broadpoint has cell towers floating all over the gulf. In 2010 T-Mobile customers could roam on voice and data, but I believe that relationship is now gone. So hopefully T-Mobile will do some towers of its own.

  • Sharti24

    Save the 600mhz deployment for 5G. No need to have a tower equiped with both 700 and 600mhz

    • John Doe

      You can’t use that for 5G considering 5G is supposed to reach 1Gbps they would have to use High frequency bands (Millimeter wavelength).

      • Matt

        Well they might be able to use channel aggregation to increase speed some but probably no where near 1gbp.

      • Sharti24

        Ok, so what would be the maximum speed of 25×25 600mhz then?

        • ÑEMA-PALIDA

          With Mimo I think more 450 mgb

      • Jay Holm

        Actually we will likely be reaching gigabit before 5G. With carrier aggregation, and the newest modem in the S8 and so on…1 gigabit will definetly be reached before 5G is deployed.

        • John Doe

          Not in the real world. That was in a lab.

    • ericdabbs

      Are you kidding me? B12 LTE at 700 MHz is such a small sliver of 5×5 LTE block. They can’t handle much traffic at all and Tmobile is intentionally turning the power down to not allow as many devices to connect to it. Tmobile needs to deploy 600 MHz on all of its towers to expand coverage.

      • Sharti24

        I’ve never had a problem with band 12 being only 5×5. Ive seen speeds as low as 2mbps and that did the job.

        • marque2

          Sorry to be a dummy but what does 5×5 mean?

        • Jay Holm

          It is a small amount of bandwidth. 15×15, or 20mhz is much more preferable.

        • wright1bby

          Marque2 it means that 5mhz of spectrum is dedicated for download and 5 for upload.

      • JLP474

        “intentionally turning the power down to not allow as many devices to connect to it. Tmobile needs to deploy 600 MHz on all of its towers to expand coverage.”

        wut?

  • Fabian Cortez
    • John Doe

      No wonder, Dish bought the NYC spectrum. Fuckers.

    • Jay Holm

      How do I tell which markets got how much spectrum? I’m interested in both Houston, and Dallas, but Texas as a whole….

      • Fabian Cortez

        How do I tell which markets got how much spectrum? I’m interested in both Houston, and Dallas, but Texas as a whole….

        Check the T-Mobile map and click the area.

        • Jay Holm

          Dang it both Houston & Dallas only got 10mhz.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Dang it both Houston & Dallas only got 10mhz.

          10×10 MHz, so 20 mhz total.

          T-Mobile purchased a minimum of 20 MHz of 600 MHz across the country.

          This puts them on par with Verizon’s 700 MHz upper C Block.

  • Matt

    This is good news for T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers. Looking forward to continuing service improvement.

  • Who the heck is Channel 51 License Co LLC? They got $1B of spectrum.

    • MindFog2287

      Recently incorporated out of Florida (2016). Paul Chisholm, maybe the one formerly of mindSMART (a Cloud Services company)? Channel 51 is registered with the SEC as a Telecommunications company. If I’m reading it properly, they’re funded 49.7% by Columbia Capital, and also involved are Raj and Neera Singh (do a search for Neera Singh and you’ll find a WaPo article from 1998 – “UNWIRED: CELLULAR VISIONARIES RAJ AND NEERA SINGH TOOK CALCULATED RISKS IN BUILDING A COMPANY, AN INDUSTRY, A FORTUNE”)

      They are entrepreneurs, and this might be a new play of some kind getting started up. On the other hand, it looks like there are trusts involved from the Singh family, so maybe it’s a straight-up investment.

      • gmo8492

        So basically they’re spectrum hoarders.

  • J-Hop2o6

    Sweet! Looks like T-Mobile was #1 in spending and amount of licenses. I was hoping (and a had a feeling they would) they would ATLEAST have 20MHz Nationwide. Not only did they get 20MHz Nationwide, but they bought up to 50MHz in a big slice of the US, even though most of those places are Rural, but T-Mobile needed that amount of Low-spectrum for rural areas greatly. This is huge. T-Mo went beyond my prediction. But I guess it was more successful for Tmo since Verizon and AT&T barely even tried this auction (thank god). Sucks the Galaxy S8 doesn’t have this band =( (yes I know the band numbers hasn’t been laid out yet for 600MHz).

    • emcdonald75

      Quite naturally DISH had to buy 6.2 Billion dollars worth of spectrum to hoard. I wonder since Verizon did not bid, if it is going to buy DISH Network and gain access to almost 100MHz of nationwide spectrum. DISH Network has enough wireless spectrum to be a powerhouse wireless carrier, but it only lacks a network infrastructure.

      • Acdc1a

        Leasing tower space, they could have a respectable network operating in 12 months…if they want to.

        • emcdonald75

          Wouldn’t it be easier for Dish to have spectrum-sharing and MVNO deals with a wireless carrier, like T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon to benefit both parties?

        • Romdude

          They didn’t buy that for nothing and they can’t hoard it forever without using it. Just curious who they are going to partner with specially since the new FCC will probably allow it.

        • Acdc1a

          A new competitor would be a great thing, I just don’t see Dish doing more than just sitting on the spectrum. They may make a play for T-Mobile or Sprint.

      • Joe

        Yeah I really hope that Verizon does not buy DISH since that would give them a monopoly by having a ton of mid band and low band.

    • Jay Holm

      Hey J-Hop2o6, check out a fb group called Android Therapy!

  • jj201367

    Awesome

  • Zach Mauch

    30 MHz in OKC. Would have liked 40 like the rest of the state seems to have gotten (sans Ardmore, OK), but we should be fine with 30.

  • Sharti24

    When tmobile deploys the 600mhz spectrum can they use the same antenna panels that 700mhz is currently using? So no need to add new hardware

  • ÑEMA-PALIDA

    50mhz in Puerto Rico……. Awesome

  • wright1bby

    Does anyone have insight/map on where the 1 million square miles that are free of tv signal and TMO expects to be able to start deploying this year are located?

    • Romdude

      Not exactly an answer to your question but their track record is they always build faster than their target.

    • wright1bby

      Looks like more than half of that million square miles is a section of country 200 to 600 miles wide that runs from west Texas to the Montana/ND area

  • Omar Boyer

    California los Angeles seems 20 mhz??
    Whats the difference between 20 and 50 that puerto rico is getting?

    • wright1bby

      30;_)

    • disqus_DFnvXJ7c9h

      Los Angeles is a very expensive area for spectrum because of the high population and therefore large market. With that said Areas like LA are also very well built out and dense already so it’s not that critical. 20mhz of 600mhz is actually a great deal of spectrum. Band 12 700mhz is only 5×5.

  • Joe

    By the end of 2019 T-mobile will finally have a really robust nationwide LTE network that everyone can rely on!!

  • Sharti24

    Time to Shut down 4G hspa and use that spectrum for LTE

    • jacob

      exactly.

    • JG

      T-Mobile has already announced they’re plans to shut down their sub-LTE networks by 2019.

      • Jay Holm

        All this spectrum….and some people still think 1gigabit won’t be reached before 5G….600/700/1700/1900. . .the newest modem in the S8, carrier aggregation. . .no doubt 850mbps-1.1gbps will be reached before the second half of 2019.

        • SirStephenH

          You forgot band 66 which makes 5. Can’t wait for 5-way carrier aggregation.

          LTE is here to stay for a long time because 5g has nowhere near the range.

        • Jay Holm

          Any idea if B66 is deployed in both Houston & Dallas? I’ve tried Googling where B66 is deployed but I can’t find anything.

      • Sharti24

        Do you have a link for that? I found where they said theyre keeping 2G edge till 2020 but cant find a link saying when theyre shutting down 4G hspa

  • Alex Zapata

    And it’ll be deployed…….probably never in Chicagoland….

    • jacob

      700mhz is coming online though. so really 600 isnt a big deal. places that dont have any 700 mhz this is a way bigger deal.

      • Alex Zapata

        Band 12 is great and all, but their track record for upgrading backhaul on towers in Chicagoland is spotty.

        • jacob

          Band 12 isnt ever going to be fast. Its meant for coverage. So you dont have dropped volte calls in buildings.

      • Jay Holm

        More spectrum the better!>!>!>!

    • Tony Chen

      they purchased chicago area 700 mhz deom some phone company

      • Jay Holm

        “deom”? Hmm. . .

        • Tony Chen

          ops i meant from some company but i believe they bought 700 mhz from cricket wireless in chicago area in march 2017.

        • Tony Chen

          not march 2017, its march 2016 in chicago.

    • Tony Chen

      THEY BOUGHT 700 MHZ SPECTRUM FROM CRIcKET WIRELESS IN CHICAGO early this year.

    • Arysyn

      T-Mobile bought 15×15 of 600mhz spectrum here in Chicago. This is going to be great for this area, as it is very much needed.

      Anyways, T-Mobile never had a problem deploying spectrum. The issue was in their ability to purchase the 700mhz spectrum, as it took a long time to become available for purchase. Otherwise, if it had been for sale much sooner, T-Mobile certainly would have bought it a.s.a.p. Deployment should be any day now for the 700mhz, and I expect T-Mobile is going to move fast with its 600mhz deployments.

      After all, T-Mobile recognizes, and values its assets and the importance of those assets for their customers in getting deployment out and available on a mass scale. This isn’t like Sprint, which only has up to 70% of possibly half of their band 41 2.5ghz spectrum deployed nationwide, the only spectrum Sprint really has that allows for usable speeds.

  • Dakota

    This might be in-vain but does anyone thing the next iPhone might support this new spectrum?

    • Jay Holm

      Not the 2017 model, but more likely the 2018 model.

    • (J²)

      I’d say it’s a toss up. Normally, hardware technology makes its way to the iPhone a year later. This is due to Apple’s rigorous QA process prior to the upcoming model going into production. Due to demand (not just for the device itself but also parts during production), there’s no way for Apple to include additional hardware or revise the overall design at the last minute.

      BUT

      Since not only did T-Mobile acquire spectrum but so did Verizon and AT&T, there’s a possibility that the hardware may be included but require a carrier update to activate once the bands are officially defined. If you look at the specifications for iPhones year over year, more bands have been supported despite not actually being in use yet. Plus, I’m sure all companies involved anticipated the completion of the year long incentive auction. There will be pressure on manufacturers to adopt necessary hardware ASAP.

      Besides, this iPhone may be a flop if it doesn’t pack any additional hardware. It’s suppose to be the anniversary edition.

      • steveb944

        Verizon didn’t even bid, and AT&T barely picked any up. This was mainly lower carriers only.

        • (J²)

          Are you sure Verizon did not bid? Verizon is on the list although data appears to either have been omitted or out of alignment on the PDF. Sprint was the only carrier of the major 4 that stated they had no interest in bidding.

          The incentive auction was for all carriers large and small BUT the smaller carriers got to bid in reserves that were off limits to carriers like Verizon and AT&T.

          My point still stands, it’s very unlikely the larger carriers will want to have unused or unsupported spectrum.

        • tony77

          Not sure if Verizon placed any bids, but news outlets are widely reporting that they didn’t win any spectrum.

        • emcdonald75

          Verizon registered for the incentive auction and qualified to bid, but chose not to bid on any of the 600MHz spectrum. Verizon is currently in a bidding war with AT&T for Straight Path’s 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum for 5G services.

      • SirStephenH

        Verizon and Sprint didn’t bid on anything and AT&T didn’t pick up much at all. This is mainly T-Mobile.

        • (J²)

          Yes, clearly this was more beneficial to those who didn’t have much spectrum.

          Sprint didn’t participate and I’ve read that Verizon signed up but was a no show.

          I think my point is being missed. There will be pressure from T-Mobile and AT&T for manufacturers support the new frequency sooner rather than later.

          The landscape has changed since the 3G to 4G/LTE uptick that Verizon led.

        • Phone Guy

          However, the slower the 600MGZ is released, the slower T-Mobile will become stronger/ pull away dumb and dumber’s customers. So I don’t think either VZ or AT&T will push hard, as it will just be the final feather that tips consumers and allows people to move to T-Mobile in so many places of the country. Just a thought…..

    • dtam

      no way, apple usually takes a long time to implement things like this. part of the reason being that they develop their phones a year in advanced and it’s especially hard to squeeze in the tech before there are guidelines for it

  • QuickswordPhantom

    This is literally the most fantastic news ever. Can’t wait to port back to Tmobile

  • JLP474

    What band will this be?

    • bd1212

      Band 71.

      • JLP474

        Ok, thats what I thought, thx!

  • emcdonald75

    If you take a look at the FCC Assignment spreadsheet, a 5×5 slice of the spectrum is unreserved everywhere T-Mobile purchased licenses, and many places are 10×10 and a few places are 15×15 unreserved, which means they can come online sooner. Now, there currently is no phone/device that supports this band because it has not been defined or given a LTE band assignment, but Nokia and Ericsson are preparing T-Mobile’s network now for when phones are available that support the new LTE band. Qualcomm is going to support the band with their new Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem. So some form of the band should be supported by the end of the year, with wider channels (15×15 and 20×20) coming online in 2018-2020, dependent on broadcast networks vacating the channels. Remember, the broadcast networks have 39 months to vacate the channels, which many of them argue that they are being rushed. The FCC has done a great job with this auction to spur competition and the quiet period ends in two weeks, so the public may witness a fury of M&A activity. Sprint +T-Mobile or Comcast + Wireless Carrier, Verizon + Dish, etc. I am surprised that T-Mobile has not picked up a fiber network, such as Zayo or Windstream or Century Link and/or mmWave spectrum because they are essential for 5G networks moving forward.

    • Zach Mauch

      Can you point me to this spreadsheet? I found the ones for the winning bids, but not the current holders. I would love to see what it is near me.

      • emcdonald75
      • emcdonald75

        I posted the web link but I have to wait for TmoNews to approve. If you go to the FCC Public Reporting System for the Incentive Auction, you can click Results By License and download that spreadsheet to see the information I discussed in my previous post.

        • Zach Mauch

          Are you talking about the column marked “reserved_flag”? if so, I think you are mistaken on the meaning of that. 3 of the 7 bands that were sold (30MHz) was reserved for companies without large low-band holdings. That is what the that means. If you look, you will notice that every region will have 3 ‘R’s and 4 ‘U’s.

        • emcdonald75

          Thank you for correcting me. I was mistaken in the meaning of the reserved flag.

        • Zach Mauch

          No Problem. Thanks for says so. Though I believe you are correct that there is some purchased frequencies that are already available. T-Mobile seemed to be saying that 10Mhz was already open for deployment in their video. That means they can roll out the tech and just wait to flip the switch for the rest of the bandwidth.

          In the early stages that really won’t be a big deal as there will be so few phones on it that it will still be blazing fast, even with only 5×5.

  • Sharti24

    Can tmobile use the current 700mhz antennas with the new 600mhz spectrum or do they need all new equipment?

    • dtam

      need new equipment, 600 mhz spectrum doesn’t have a band yet

      • Sharti24

        Ive noticed the longer antennas on the cell sites are for lower frequencies. With 600 being so close to 700mhz you’d think they could just use the same antennas

        • dtam

          i read your question wrong. I will say, some of the current antennas might be capable since the tmo engineers have anticipated the 600 mhz bandwidth and tmo has been working wtih sony ericsson and qualcomm(?) network engineers to deploy 600 mhz

        • bd1212

          Nope, need new antennas. Fortunately, Ericsson and Nokia already have antennas made for 600MHz.

        • Jay Holm

          Excuse you for making sense! (Sarcasm)…..

      • bd1212

        600MHz will be band 71 actually

  • noh1bvisas

    will this help me get more than 1mb/sec in my office? nope.

    • dtam

      in a year or two yes…but 1 mb/sec is pretty good (8 mbps)

      • Rob

        1 mb/sec equals 1 mbps. 1 MB/sec equals 8 mbps. It’s most likely the former OP is talking about since most won’t complain about 1 MB/sec.

        • dtam

          if you’ve read his other posts, you would know he would

        • Rob

          I suppose that much is true in general. People find a reason to complain about everything.

      • noh1bvisas

        it’s not good when it takes several seconds for pandora to buffer.

    • Dakota_Offspring

      You can still stream HD with 1 mb/s. Give it some time and you should be getting at least 3mb/s in a couple years.

      • SirStephenH

        HD!? LOL

        1mbps is barely enough for 480p.

    • Jay Holm

      All this talk about in building penetration, I just don’t get it. I go inside buildings all the time, work, Wal-Mart, whetever….it isn’t like signal just disappears the moment you walk through a door. I have full bars INSIDE my bedroom where I live, largely a residential area by the way…no signal degradation inside Wal-Mart either by the way, those are known to be large buildings. I live in Houston (77089).

      • noh1bvisas

        sorry you live in houston. what a craphole.

        • Jay Holm

          Houston is just fine!

        • Acdc1a

          Concrete jungle, but I’ve been to far worse cities.

      • teaReactor

        There is penetration issues in stores like Academy in from time to time but it’s been getting better with each device upgrade. Can still make calls but data is spotty. My grandmothers in NW near Willowbrook doesn’t get good signal in the kitchen but haven’t tested since upgrading.

        It was still much worse when we were living in MD inbetween DC and Baltimore (DC suburbs), but we still decent coverage. Just less coverage in schools and some stores. Tmo coverage is much better in TX.

        It helps that Houston is more or less on a flat grade whereas in the NE lots of hills and building restrictions. MD loves that red tape.

        • Brandon

          I live in MD and I get great service with Tmobile

    • Jason

      Why would you think it wouldnt? We have 5×5 max of 700, our in-building band. We just picked up a minimum 10×10 and in most places 15×15 600. Do you THINK that kind of capacity would increase indoor speeds? Duh

      • noh1bvisas

        because the article states there are no phones in existence that use that frequency. DUH.

        • Joseph Cathey

          That’s because up until now it was used for tv stations. No, this isn’t going to fix the iasues you have tomorrow, but it’s absolutely huge news. We’re already 1/3 of the way through 2017 and they plan to have phones out by the end of the year that can handle it. Meanwhile TMO will have signal up in some markets by the end of the year.

  • The Waz

    still waiting for Extended LTE Chicago…..

  • Jason Caprio

    I have to say, this map is very impressive and I do hope T-Mobile uses this win to blanket the entire country with coverage to meet/beat Verizon. HOWEVER, spectrum maps do not usually equate to actual coverage. Source: http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/2016-how-much-lte-spectrum-do-verizon-at-t-t-mobile-and-sprint-have-and-where

    • Romdude

      Yes but this is 600 mhz, this will go farther and penetrate buildings better. It can only get better.

      • Jay Holm

        “go farther”, one time I read that 700mhz has something like a 27 mile range…..uhh…really? One tower projecting 3-4 bars 25-27 miles? Really?

        • Joseph Cathey

          Yes really, but that’s in ideal conditions. Mountains, buildings, and even foliage can drastically change signal propagation. I live in CO and there’s a town on the high plains called Hartsel. That town marks the corner of a small ridge, and from there east on 24 all the way to Florissant I’ve got strong LTE, but the second I get back into the mountains off that high plain it gets spotty.

          It’s about 30 miles of road covered by 1 tower.

  • Rob

    T-Mobile let Comcast and Dish drag down Denver. Hooray.

    • Joseph Cathey

      I wouldn’t call 15×15 a drag, but compared to the 25×25 the springs got, I feel you.

      • Jay Holm

        Less than a handful of places nationwide got a 25×25 amount of spectrum.

  • Joe2050

    I hope to see coverage improving within the next 12 to 24 months

    • Joe

      It will definitely improve over the next 24 months but don’t expect it to improve at a much faster pace than it already has. In the next 3-4 years you will really see the full affect of this auction as there are a lot of tv providers that have 36 months to leave the spectrum. So for now the improvement will only accelerate where they can already start to deploy.

      • Jay Holm

        Having an auction, and paying tons of $ for spectrum that isn’t available in the first place just doesn’t make sense to me.

        • Jason

          What do you mean not available? Of course itll be available otherwise theyd have nothing to auction. Do you plan your life and future by pretending a reality that is coming in a mere year or so isnt coming?

        • Joseph Cathey

          It’s a reverse auction, there are TV stations that are still using the channel and the FCC has given them 36 months to make the move. So while TMobile owns the rights now, the contractual agreement doesn’t mean they can use it right away. Think of it like closing on a house, you can write into the contract that the original owners have until X date to move out, same deal.

      • Jason

        1 million square miles are already or will be spectrum cleared by the end of this year.

  • Dakota_Offspring

    Make Wireless Great Again

    • decisivemoment

      What do you mean? This auction was set up by the previous administration and began a year ago. Years of planning involved.

      • Dakota_Offspring

        No it wasn’t! Our fearless leader Donald J Trump setup this entire auction and did all the planning! Piss off, snowflake!

        • decisivemoment

          LOL! For everyone else’s benefit, here’s the FCC page. I forgot to mention Congress–they actually sprang into action in between their lobbyist cocktail hours for just long enough to authorize the FCC’s plans back in 2012.

          https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/fcc-initiatives/incentive-auctions

        • Dakota_Offspring

          You must be a statue at parties. Ever heard of sarcasm or jokes?

        • decisivemoment

          Re-read the first three letters.

        • Dakota_Offspring

          I’m talking about your first response. But kudos you finally got the joke/sarcasm.

        • decisivemoment

          Well, Mr. glass-house dweller, you can’t be that much fun yourself if you jump all over people at the first hint of missing a joke.

        • Dakota_Offspring

          Oh dear, I think I see where this is going. Point on the doll and tell us where you were touched.

  • Romdude

    Hold on to your grandfathered plans boys and girls, if coverage starts to match the big two, I hope I’m wrong but prices might start heading north. I’m still on the original jump and unlimited plan.

    • Sharti24

      3 lines for $80 here on the 1 plan :D

    • Brandon

      Same here

    • vrm

      I expect the opposite. T-mobile will take more subs from Verizon and at&t, leading to more competition. T-mobile can actually CUT prices as they roll in more subs, they will increase revenue in spite of price cuts.

  • bd1212

    No premium 2017 smartphones will have it. Qualcomm’s X20 modem won’t be out till early next year, so the first phone with it will probably be the LG G7 and Galaxy S9.

    As for the iPhone, Apple is moving to Intel who hasn’t stated when their next modem will be out or whether it will support 600MHz LTE. It’s likely it will, though, since Intel is going to want to compete with Qualcomm, so it’s likely the 2018 iPhone will be the first to support 600MHZ. So, not too bad of a timeline actually.

    • Dakota_Offspring

      Yeah right especially since intel f***ed up the intel chip on the iPhone 7,7 plus GSM phones forcing Apple to downgrade the performance on the Qualcomm iPhone 7,7Plus.

      • SirStephenH

        No one forced Apple to use Intel modems. Apple did it purely out of greed.

    • steveb944

      They said end of the year, so likely the V30 or Pixel as they’re late releases.

      • Acdc1a

        Let us not forget that the first band 12 phones were entry level and released specifically to address the need. If we get a Galaxy Avant equivalent, I’ll pick one up.

        • steveb944

          Let us also not forget the V20 supported band 66 for the first time. V30 or Nexus may make the timing.

  • Sharti24

    Tmobile needs to focus more on the suburbs. I see many more Verizon and att towers compared to tmobile here in NE Ohio

    • jimmiekain

      How can you tell by looking at a tower what carrier it belongs to?

      • Sharti24

        By Their antennas. Its not difficult

        • bkat11

          LOL liar

        • Sharti24

          ;)

  • bkat11

    Apple’s anniversary edition is coming out this fall I can’t imagine that they aren’t prepared to add this new band once the FCC assigns one assuming they haven’t already

    • steveb944

      Apple has skipped new bands before and they’ll do it again.
      It’s 71 btw.

      • bkat11

        I’ll wait till the fcc filing comes out before I worry and then I’ll just go back to Samsung if need be

    • Acdc1a

      Band 12 was an option for Apple with the 6 and 6+. They chose not to include it.

      • moonoverparma

        The 6+ supports band 12. The only reason the 6 doesn’t support it is because it was already developed after band 12 was deployed.

        • Sharti24

          Wrong! 6s and 6s plus had band 12. Not the 6 plus

        • moonoverparma

          You’re right, those pesky “s”‘s get me every time

      • bkat11

        Wrong

        • Acdc1a

          The Galaxy Avant had it in July yet the iPhone 6 and 6+ released months later did not. The Note 4 also had it and was on the same release cycle. So how exactly am I wrong?

        • Mike

          No your wrong the iPhone 6 and 6+ didn’t have Band 12

        • bkat11

          I know! The tool above me thinks it was an option. Why would apple support band 12 in 2014? T-Mobile didn’t really deploy band 12 until 2015 so there was no point. The avant didn’t even have the band active they had to do a software update

        • Mike

          The Galaxy S6 had band 12 support and the iPhone 6 could of had it but at the time T-Mobile band 12 was sorta new.

  • Phone Guy

    What is the percentage chance/ odds that the Note 8 will have the correct bands? Does Samsung have enough time to bake in this new band into the Note 8 before its released?

    • Zach Mauch

      Not sure. Maybe. I think it depends more on the chip makers. T-Mobile claims compatible phones this year so the Note would make sense. Personally, I am hoping the next Pixel can get it in there.

  • vrm

    So now they have low band spectrum all over mainland US (and Puerto Rico).