Tag Archives: Spectrum

John Legere: AWS-3 spectrum auction a “disaster for American wireless customers”

It’s been a few weeks now since the government’s AWS-3 spectrum auction ended, and by all accounts, T-Mobile played its cards perfectly. It spent almost $1.8 billion on mid-range spectrum which it can use to bolster its already-strong portfolio of 1700/2100 airwaves. But all-in-all, the whole affair was a big pile of baloney according to T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO. … [read full article]

FCC’s estimated bids for upcoming 600MHz auction “undervalues” spectrum according to broadcasters

Last Friday, the FCC updated information on its upcoming 2016 broadcast incentive auction, increasing the estimated opening bids from an estimate released in October. However, the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, a broadcaster group, believes that the value predicted is far too low. These opening bid estimates are in relation to the first part of the two-part auction, due to take place in early 2016. This first part will be a “reverse” auction … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s recently acquired AWS-3 spectrum shown on map

One of our readers, who has evidently been quite busy, got in touch with a map put together after the AWS-3 spectrum auction results were announced. It’s not the most complicated map, but at each point where T-Mobile bid successfully for the spectrum, there’s a dropped pin. You can see the map above, or get a full look at the interactive Google map at this link. As a big picture, … [read full article]

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

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 … [read full article]

Band 12 LTE spotted in North East Maryland and Louisiana

T-Mobile’s 700MHz band 12 network is officially rolling out. And while the only locations to be announced by the carrier are Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis and Washington there are still a number of other markets where customers have managed to get on to the lower frequency network. The pink areas on the map screenshots indicate where T-Mobile owns 700MHz spectrum.  Lafayette, Louisiana Between Lafayette and New Iberia, Louisiana, one reader … [read full article]

T-Mobile 700MHz spectrum deal with Triad complete, covers 2.43 million POPs

In September, T-Mobile had been on something of a roll. It submitted many applications to acquire more low-band spectrum from a number of companies and owners. One of the biggest transactions (or collection of transactions) was with Triad 700. A company which owned 700MHz spectrum in Alaska and Nevada among others. In total, the deal would bring band 12 coverage to 2.43 million people. Just a few days back, the transaction was … [read full article]

NTelos selling its PCS Spectrum in eastern Virginia to T-Mobile

According to a report this morning, nTelos Wireless – a Sprint wholesale partner – is exiting its eastern Virginia markets to prioritize western Virginia and West Virginia. It plans to sell around $56 million worth of 1900MHz spectrum to T-Mobile, which will help the Uncarrier with its continued LTE expansion.  Ntelos entered an agreement to sell its wireless spectrum licenses in Hampton Roads and Richmond to T-Mobile for about $56 million in cash, … [read full article]

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