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.
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.
AT&T Ditching its Band 71 Licenses
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Sounds like a good move