Tag Archives: Spectrum

FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Transfer To T-Mobile

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the transfer of AWS spectrum licenses from AT&T to T-Mobile USA as of today. The spectrum transfer is part of the break-up fee awarded by AT&T to T-Mobile after the formers failed acquisition of the latter. T-Mobile gains licenses in 128 markets, including 12 of the top 20 markets. “We applaud the FCC for acting swiftly to approve the transfer of these spectrum licenses,” said Neville Ray, … [read full article]

T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm: Verizon’s Planned 700MHz Spectrum Sale Isn’t Good Enough

T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm met with senior FCC officials last week to discuss T-Mobile’s actions to block the Verizon Wireless proposed acquisition of AWS spectrum from various cable companies. While Verizon and T-Mobile have already traded barbs over this deal, Humm’s meeting with FCC officials comes after Verizon proposed to sell  off some of its 700MHz spectrum holdings to mitigate the negative effects of any of its deals with the cable companies. … [read full article]

T-Mobile, Leap Wireless Announce Spectrum Swap In Several US Markets

T-Mobile and Leap Wireless have announced a plan to exchange spectrum in several markets around the US to improve coverage for both carriers. The spectrum swap also includes Leap receiving spectrum in Phoenix, Houston, Galveston, and Bryan College Station. T-Mobile will receive spectrum in various markets throughout Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. T-Mobile and Leap will also exchange spectrum with Cook Inlet, a joint venture T-Mobile has a non-controlling majority stake within … [read full article]

T-Mobile Hits Back At Verizon Over Spectrum Wars, Efficiency

We’re about to enter round 3 of the T-Mobile/Verizon tit-for-tat “blog post on spectrum” wars as T-Mobile responds to a late February Verizon post. T-Mobile hits back against Verizon’s claim that they use spectrum in a more efficient way by working to pick apart Verizon’s reasoning for such claims. First, T-Mobile knocks Verizon’s analysis utilizing nationwide carriers total subscribers based on the average amount of spectrum. T-Mobile says spectrum holdings and … [read full article]

T-Mobile Asks FCC To Make All 700MHz LTE Networks Interoperable

T-Mobile has requested that the Federal Communications Commission consider the idea of mandating the interoperability of all LTE networks in the 700MHz band. T-Mobile argues that such a move would encourage LTE roaming and help boost public-safety, which also plans to use the 700MHz band for a nationwide broadband network. Current LTE devices offered by both Verizon and AT&T cannot work on both networks because they use different bands. The interoperability problem comes … [read full article]

T-Mobile Asks FCC To Stop Shot Clock On Verizon Spectrum Purchase

T-Mobile, along with Sprint, DirecTV and the Rural Telecommunications Group have filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission requesting that the FCC stop the clock on Verizon’s proposed AWS spectrum purchases. The groups primary concern surrounds the amount of redacted material in Verizon’s own FCC filings leads to an unclear picture of its agreements with the cable companies involved with the purchase. The groups wish to stop the clock until Verizon and … [read full article]

Verizon Says They Use Spectrum Twice As Efficiently As T-Mobile

Ok…so let’s just get this right out-of-the-way. The reason Verizon uses spectrum twice as efficiently as T-Mobile is because their network goes out every other day. It’s easy to be spectrum efficient with a LTE network that hardly works. Ok, stupid joke over. Anyway… With T-Mobile already launching the first salvo in what will inevitably be a back and forth has now found a first Verizon response via Verizon’s policy blog. In … [read full article]

T-Mobile Moves To Block Verizon Acquisition Of Cable Company Spectrum

T-Mobile has indicated via fillings with the Federal Communications Commission their intent to persuade the government to block Verizon Wireless from acquiring spectrum from a number of cable companies. In the last few months Verizon has finalized deals to acquire spectrum from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications. T-Mobile argues that the Verizon deal would place an “excessive concentration” of wireless spectrum in the hands of one of the … [read full article]

T-Mobile Tells FCC To Revamp Spectrum Auctions, Level Playing Field

T-Mobile is coming out swinging as it begins its hunt for more spectrum, telling the Federal Communications Commission and Congress to overhaul potential spectrum auction rules that could see smaller carriers squeezed out by larger rivals. Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile’s Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs stated this week that “Legislation pending in Congress would effectively preclude the FCC from considering existing spectrum holdings in determining the qualifications for participation in auctions,” and went … [read full article]

T-Mobile Cities Receiving $1 Billion In AT&T Spectrum Revealed, Is Your City on The List?

With AT&T’s official transfer application now on the Federal Communications Website, we can finally discover which specific licenses T-Mobile will gain. Thanks to the folks at GigaOM who prepared this pretty pink map with a city by city breakdown of areas T-Mobile will gain new airwaves. T-Mobile didn’t receive nationwide spectrum but it did receive valuable spectrum in some key cities. Furthermore, AT&T had to fork over all of its AWS holdings … [read full article]