Sprint, Too, Will Skip H Block Auction
Sprint today followed in T-Mobile's footsteps by announcing that it will not bid in the upcoming auction for H Block spectrum. The Federal Communications Commission plans to begin auctioning off a 10MHz slice of 1900MHz PCS spectrum in January. Sprint was tagged as a potential bidder due to the proximity of the H Block spectrum to its own 1900MHz holdings. "Sprint is focused on gaining access to more low-band spectrum to add to the company's spectrum portfolio, so we have opted not to participate in the upcoming H Block auction," the company said in a statement. "With the launch of Sprint Spark, Sprint is working to deploy its 2.5GHz licenses along with licenses in 800MHz and 1900MHz to provide customers greater network speeds and capacity. We expect to offer Sprint Spark in approximately 100 of the largest U.S. cities by the end of 2016." Sprint may be eyeballing the 600MHz-band spectrum that the FCC is hoping to wrest away from broadcast television providers through a separate incentive auction. Cell signals propagate better and farther in lower spectrum bands.
Sprint to Sit Out AWS-3 Auction
Sprint today confirmed that it will skip an upcoming spectrum auction. "Sprint has decided not to participate in the FCC's AWS-3 auction, but will continue to evaluate the opportunities presented by the upcoming 600MHz incentive auction," said Sprint spokesman Jeffrey Silva to Bloomberg.
Sprint to Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Sprint today said it will not participate in the 600MHz reverse auction planned for next year. The company believes its spectrum position is "sufficient to provide its current and future customers great network coverage." Sprint owns significant amounts of spectrum, but much of it is concentrated in the 2.5GHz range.
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
AT&T Seeking 20MHz Block of 600MHz Spectrum
AT&T is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction, according to CFO John Stephens. "Spectrum is a scare asset, and so we would expect to participate," said Stephens, speaking at technology conference.
Sprint Hopes 600MHz Auction Permits Joint Bidding
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure recently suggested the company might participate in the forthcoming auction for 600MHz spectrum if it is allowed to bid jointly with smaller carriers. Claure made the remarks during a roundtable discussion at the Competitive Carrier Association's Global Expo in Atlanta.