T-Mobile: Verizon's AWS Spectrum Plan Not Good For US
T-Mobile USA's senior executive team met with the Federal Communications Commission recently to discuss concerns over Verizon Wireless's spectrum divestiture and acquisition plans. Last week, Verizon Wireless said it would sell its 700 MHz A- and B-block spectrum if the FCC approves its plan to buy 122 AWS spectrum licences from five different cable companies. T-Mobile's main argument is that Verizon Wireless already owns AWS spectrum that it has left unused for six years. The FCC said in a filing, "The instant transactions would add even more AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless' unused spectrum inventory. [T-Mobile] noted that given this dismal track record on utilization of its current AWS spectrum, it would make no sense, and would be inconsistent with the commission's charge to ensure that spectrum transfers serve the public interest." T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm said that Verizon's 700 MHz sale doesn't go far enough to mitigate the concentration of spectrum it could achieve if all the deals are approved.
3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support
Dish Networks today said the 3GPP has approved the designation of Band 66, which encompasses a significant swath of AWS spectrum owned by Dish. Specifically, Band 66 pairs 70 MHz of uplink spectrum with 90 MHz of downlink spectrum in the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 bands.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.
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.
LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66
FCC documents indicate that the LG V20 variants for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile will be the first phones to support LTE in the new band 66. Band 66 includes the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 frequencies.
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.
And AT&T merger was any different?