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.
And AT&T merger was any different?