FCC Says T-Mobile Can Buy Verizon's 700MHz Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission has approved T-Mobile's proposed purchase of 700MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile is paying Verizon $2.4 billion for the airwaves, and is also giving Verizon some PCS and AWS spectrum in return. T-Mobile plans to use the 700MHz spectrum to enhance its LTE 4G network. The 700MHz airwaves are considered beachfront property in the wireless market thanks to their strong propagation properties. Verizon already owns country-wide 700MHz spectrum in the C Block. T-Mobile will eventually use 700MHz alongside its existing AWS spectrum to provide LTE 4G service. Verizon is pursuing much the same target, using AWS to supplement its own 700MHz LTE.
T-Mobile to Add 700MHz Support to Select Phones
T-Mobile plans to make some of its handsets compatible with its 700MHz spectrum through a software update. Today, only the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge can use LTE on T-Mobile's 700MHz spectrum.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
T-Mobile Turns On 700MHz Service in Miami
T-Mobile today said LTE is now available on its Band 12 700MHz spectrum throughout the greater Miami area. T-Mobile is marketing such service as "Extended Range LTE" thanks to the signal propagation characteristics of 700MHz, which travels farther distances and penetrates buildings more easily.
T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the Uncarrier is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction and it will be on the hunt for low-band spectrum. Carter indicated the company has as much as $10 billion to spend on spectrum, though it expects to spend much less than that to get what it needs to expand coverage.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.