Sprint Swaps Broadband Spectrum With Clearwire
Dec 23, 2005, 4:25 PM by (staff)
Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have asked for FCC approval to complete a spectrum swap that the two companies worked out in October. The two companies are looking to swap 2.5 GHz licenses for different cities and rural areas around the country. Clearwire will give Sprint licenses to 9 major metro areas in exchange for 61 licenses in smaller markets. This license swap will help Sprint Nextel meet the FCC's demands that the merged company provide wireless broadband to at least 16 major metro areas within four years. It also more closely aligns the licenses to each provider's business plans. Sprint has recently announced several agreements hinting that the company will operate WiMax networks on this spectrum.
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.
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.
Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to $173M Spectrum Swap
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange AWS-1 and PCS spectrum in dozens of markets around the country in a deal valued at $173 million. The spectrum in question covers portions of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
AT&T and T-Mobile to Swap Some Spectrum
AT&T and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange some PCS and AWS-1 spectrum licenses in a handful of markets. The carriers said identical amounts of spectrum are being traded, so each carrier's spectrum position will remain unchanged in the covered markets.
Sounds like a good move