Verizon Makes Offering To Smooth Spectrum Deal
Verizon Wireless today offered to sell some of its unused 700 MHz licenses to other carriers. The proposed sale is contingent on the completion of Verizon's pending purchase of 1700 MHz (AWS band) licenses from SpectrumCo (which is partly owned by Comcast and Time Warner Cable), Cox and Leap Wireless. The SpectrumCo deal, in particular, has come under scrutiny from the Department of Justice and Senate, and is opposed by T-Mobile. Verizon's move today is almost certainly intended to help ease antitrust concerns and improve the odds of the DoJ approving the SpectrumCo deal. The 700 MHz licenses Verizon is willing to sell are A- and B-block licenses in a scattered assortment of places, including large cities such as LA, Chicago, Miami, and many more, although each covers a relatively small geographic area. Verizon's current 4G LTE network is deployed in the 700 MHz upper-C block, which Verizon owns exclusively, nationwide. If Verizon is able to complete these pending deals, it plans to deploy 4G LTE in the AWS band. Verizon already owns AWS licenses covering the east half of the country; it needs the additional AWS licenses in order to cover the west half.
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T-Mobile Trying to Block AT&T's 700 MHz Purchase
T-Mobile has filed a petition with the FCC in an attempt to prevent AT&T from purchasing select 700 MHz spectrum licenses. AT&T filed a request to transfer the licenses, which cover portions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, last month.
T-Mobile to Buy Chicago-Area Spectrum to Boost Coverage
T-Mobile today said it has agreed to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Leap in order to bring its "extended-range LTE" coverage to the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, T-Mobile is snagging A-Block 700 MHz spectrum covering Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Evanston, Naperville, Aurora, Gary, Rockford, De Kalb, Janesville, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, Kenosha, and others.
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 Says AT&T Can Buy 700 MHz Licenses from Peoples
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. The transaction gives AT&T 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in two cellular market areas.
Verizon's 1900 MHz Spectrum In NYC Now Entirely LTE
Verizon Wireless has completed refarming its 1900 MHz spectrum in the country's largest city, an effort first begun in 2014. The company recently converted the last remaining 10 MHz block from CDMA 3G to LTE 4G, which means Verizon is running LTE on 20 MHz of its Band 2 spectrum in New York City.
Maybe good for T-Mo???
Those licenses cover major markets. NYC, Philly, DC, Cleveland, Cincinatti, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Memphis, Dallas/Ft Worth, Austin, Houston, San
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