T-mobile USA aquires $98 million in spectrum from NextWave


T-mobile USA purchased over 65% or NextWave Wireless’s most recant sale of AWS Spectrum. Over $150 million of NextWave’s AWS (1700/2100 MHz) spectrum was sold, $98 million of which went to T-mobile U.S.A. while the rest was distributed between Atlantic Wireless, ACS Wireless, and MetroPCS. Back in 2006, T-mobile U.S.A., with the help of Deutsche Telekom, spent roughly $4.2 Billion to purchase AWS Spectrum across the United States. This most recent purchase from NextWave covers Pittsburgh and Sacramento with 20 MHz each, while New Orleans and Little Rock, Arkansas are covered by 10 MHz each.

T-mobile currently has 3G running in New York, and is planning a national launch later this year. T-mobile’s 3G runs on WCDMA IV (1700/2100 MHz) which is what the most recant NextWave purchase of spectrum will be alloted for.

What does this mean for T-mobile Customers?

  • T-mobile Customers need 3G-capable phones to use T-mobile’s upcoming 3G services. This includes the Nokia 3555, Nokia 6263, Samsung T639, Samsung T819 and even more upcoming phones
  • The purchase of more AWS spectrum means that T-mobile likely underestimated the amount of spectrum needed in these areas, or wanted some fall back spectrum if the network gets too busy. This AWS spectrum will be used for high speed data (3G). If more users then expected will be using T-mobile’s 3G, their network will be strained, and speeds will slow.
  • The addition of 20 MHz or 10 MHz works to ensure there is no network congestion or strain
  • Overall, this is most likely good news for those loyal T-mobile customer waiting for 3G. We’re crossing our fingers that T-mobile will put that $4.2 billion + $98 million to good use.

[Via RCR]

  • Yay!!! I just read a portion of this on Phonescoop

  • gapboi954

    They actually paid $4.2 billion in 2006 for spectrum not $2.2 billion. Just an F.Y.I.

  • Fitch

    Time to proofread that article, chief! But I got the gist of it.

  • David

    Yes!!! I in Pittsburgh. Bring in on live T-mobile!!! quick…

  • David

    Here a technical question for the group. I have an unlocked ATT 8925 currently (HTC ppc)that is UMTS capable on ATT’s 1900 and 2100band. If T-mobile is running on the 1700 and 2100 band, will my phone connect to t-mobile’s 3g network when it goes live? I was not sure if you needed to have both 1700 and 2100 band on the same phone for the device to be 3g enabled for a specific carrier. Anyone knows that would be great.

  • Nwahs

    Unfortunately the phone will not work on T-mobile’s 3G bands. T-mobile uses WCDMA IV while the ATT phone you have uses WCDMA I so these will not work. T-mobile’s 3G requires both the 1700/2100

  • Tom

    Is that means we have to use 3g phone that tmobile carry and no other 3g gsm unlock phone will work on their 3g network?

  • phoneking13

    Hook us Cincinnatians up T-Mobile!!!

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