Plateau Wireless Acquisition Gives Verizon Roswell, N. Mexico
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has completed its acquisition of a small, regional network operator called Plateau Wireless. Plateau operates a GSM-based network in Eddy, Chaves, Lea, Otero, and Lincoln counties in New Mexico, which include cities such as Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia and Hobbs. The transaction gives Verizon Wireless PCS and AWS spectrum licenses in addition to Plateau's GSM wireless network. According to Verizon, the licenses cover 259,000 POPs across 26,100 square miles. Verizon plans to cease Plateau's GSM operations and refarm the PCS spectrum for its own CDMA-based voice and data services. Verizon will use Plateau's AWS spectrum to supplement its own LTE 4G network in that region. Verizon expects the network transition to be completed at some point during 2013. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.
T-Mobile and Verizon Agree to Another Spectrum Swap
T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have petitioned the FCC for permission to swap AWS and PCS spectrum licenses in 92 counties and/or 41 Cellular Market Areas around the country. The companies propose to switch spectrum licenses, but not cellular assets or customers.
Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope.
Verizon Sees No More Big Spectrum Grabs In Its Future
Verizon today said it doesn't believe it will need to make any more large spectrum acquisitions following the results of the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. Verizon netted 181 spectrum licenses at a cost of $10.4 billion.
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