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 approved by the FCC.
What that means is T-Mo is now free to build out its 700MHz frequency in Anchorage, Alaska and Reno, Nevada as well as Erie, Pennsylvania and Salisbury, Maryland. Of course, these licenses cover quite a wide area of individual markets, counties and cities, so for the full list of affected areas beside to check out the FCC PDF.
Briefly, the markets covered are as follows:
- Alaska – Anchorage, Bethel, Wade Hampton and Haines
- California – Modoc, Alpine, Mono andSierra
- Delaware and Maryland – Kent
- Nevada – Reno, Humboldt, Lander, Storey and White Pine
- Pennsylvania – Crawford, Lawrence and Erie
- Virginia – Caroline
Once the markets are live, they’ll add to those already officially active in Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis and Washington, helping customers retain LTE coverage even after they go indoors.