More Details Emerge About AT&T's NextWave Purchase
The Federal Communications Commission today published more details about AT&T's proposed acquisition of NextWave Wireless and its subsidiaries. If allowed to proceed as requested, AT&T will acquire between 10MHz and 25MHz of A, B, and C Block WCS spectrum from Comcast in 149 Cellular Market Areas; 10MHz of A Block WCS spectrum from Horizon in 132 CMAs; and 5MHz to 30MHz of A, B, C, and D Block WCS spectrum from NextWave in 476 CMAs. In total, AT&T could gain control over as much as 30MHz of WCS spectrum in markets around the U.S. Further, the transaction would give AT&T 10MHz to 30MHz of AWS-1 spectrum from NextWave in 28 CMAs. The FCC has set the pleading schedule for the transaction: petitions to deny are due by October 1 and replies are due by October 22. The transaction is valued at $600 million.
AT&T to Scoop Up WCS Spectrum from Sprint
AT&T has agreed to pick up 19 WCS spectrum licenses from Sprint for an undisclosed sum, according to a filing the companies made with the Federal Communications Commission. The WCS licenses cover 2.3GHz spectrum across portions of the south, including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.
AT&T and US Cellular Propose PCS Spectrum Swap
AT&T and U.S. Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to exchange spectrum licenses in select areas around the country.
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