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T-Mobile expects to have 600MHz-compatible phones to go with spectrum deployment in 2017

Hot on the heels of the news that T-Mobile could start deploying 600MHz spectrum in 2017, some more hot 600MHz news has come out. During a J.P. Morgan conference today, CFO Braxton Carter said that T-Mobile will have phones that support 600MHz airwaves ready when it begins to deploy that spectrum. Carter explained that T-Mobile has previously shown that it can work with device makers both on infrastructure and handsets in an effort to “drive … [read full article]

T-Mobile says that it could start deploying spectrum from 600MHz auction in 2017

After months and months of anticipation, the 600MHz incentive auction is finally about to get underway. But when will we actually see the benefits of this auction? T-Mobile hopes that that’ll be next year. “We believe we’ll be able to get the start of deployment and usage at the end of 2017,” Peter Ewens, T-Mobile’s EVP of Corporate Strategy, said this week. Ewens went on to explain that T-Mobile could deploy its 600MHz spectrum in … [read full article]

FCC announces 600MHz spectrum auction clearing target, bidding round schedule

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news regarding the 600MHz spectrum auction, but today the FCC made a big announcement regarding the auction. The FCC said today that it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz, adding that under the band plan associated with the spectrum clearing target 100 MHz (or 10 paired blocks) of licensed spectrum will be offered on a near-nationwide basis. Here’s what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler … [read full article]

T-Mobile can get $2 billion from Deutsche Telekom for 600MHz spectrum auction

The 600MHz spectrum auction is starting to get close, and T-Mobile just got a nice infusion of spending money. An SEC filing has revealed that T-Mobile can sell $2 billion in senior notes to Deutsche Telekom. These notes can be issued until December 1, 2016, will mature on March 15, 2021, and have 5.3 percent coupon. According to the SEC filing, the $2 billion that T-Mobile … [read full article]

Analysts say Sprint promos won’t affect T-Mobile, also weigh in on 600MHz auction

Sprint has been running a half-off switcher promo since November that offers to cut in half the rate plans of folks that switch to Sprint from competing carriers. The deal has been extended a couple of times now because Sprint says that it’s gotten an “overwhelming response,” but some analysts don’t think that the deal will have any effect on T-Mobile. In a recent note regarding T-Mobile’s upcoming results announcement, Barclays … [read full article]

T-Mobile sells 600 towers to Phoenix Tower International

As we get closer to the 600MHz auction, which is slated for March 2016, T-Mobile continues to prepare itself for a spectrum buying spree. Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) has agreed to buy more than 600 towers from T-Mobile. PTI says that it’s acquiring “ownership or management rights” to the towers. Unfortunately, details of the deal are confidential, so not much more is known … [read full article]

FCC releases opening bid information for 600MHz spectrum auction

The FCC today announced the opening bid prices for its 600MHz spectrum auction, which will begin early next year. The most expensive opening bid for the reverse auction — in which broadcasters sell spectrum to the FCC — goes to WCBS-TV in New York, NY., which starts out at a cool $900 million. Meanwhile, the highest opening bid for the forward auction — wherein carriers will bid on the spectrum being given up — is … [read full article]