MetroPCS, Alltel Pick Up Fallout from Cingular Merger
Nov 29, 2004, 11:21 AM by (staff)
Cingular recently announced the sale of certain regional assets to MetroPCS and Alltel. The divestitures are required by the government as conditions of approval of Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless. The MetroPCS sale includes 10 MHz of spectrum in two major markets - Detroit and Dallas - for which Cingular will receive $230 million in cash. The deal will allow MetroPCS to expand to cover five of the top twelve U.S. metro areas. For $170 million in cash, Alltel will gain spectrum, network, and customers in parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Mississippi. The Alltel sale also includes spectrum and network in Wichita, Kansas, and additional spectrum in parts of Georgia and Texas. Both deals are expected to close in the first quarter of 2005.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to $173M Spectrum Swap
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange AWS-1 and PCS spectrum in dozens of markets around the country in a deal valued at $173 million. The spectrum in question covers portions of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T
The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12 megahertz, covering parts of two local market areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.
What does this mean for Connecticut? Is Cingular service going to get better worse or no impact?
No impact, probably. They're selling off excess spectrum, so I'm guessing that Cingular thinks they ha...
Isn't Alltel all-CDMA?