A report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has cleared the way for the US's proposed 3G auction. The report concluded that transitioning government agencies to new spectrum in order to clear a block between 1710 - 1755 MHz will cost about $935 million. The government expects to make more than this in the spectrum auction. The complementary 45 MHz in the 2100 band have already been cleared. While carriers like T-Mobile have stated they are waiting for this new spectrum to launch 3G services, other carriers that have already launched 3G will be interested in the spectrum for future protocols or additional services.
Here we go time for some fun to begin when the FCC auctions off in June of 2006. It should be interesting to see how much is spent and who gets what. We already know tmobile USA is in a desperate situation because they cannot deploy 3g data without 3g spectrum. DT, who owns Tmobile USA, has stressed that they have only $10 billion to spend on the new 3g spectrum, do you guys think because of that statement it will entice others to bid higher on purpose to impact the chances of Tmobile USA to acquire spectrum 1. at a more expensive price or 2. not at all? This should be interesting to find out what happens.
nextel18 said: Here we go time for some fun to begin when the FCC auctions off in June of 2006. It should be interesting to see how much is spent and who gets what. We already know tmobile USA is in a desperate situation because
if the price gets too high i dont believe that DT will shell out the $$ for the spectrum... From an article i have previously read i thought that tmobile was already a touchy subject but was still going to be owned by DT instead of them selling it. i... (continues)
hardly---there is a limit to how much spectrum they can have in one market, i'm sure that the smaller carriers will have a great chance to get new spectrum as many of the bigger companies already have a large portion of it
in the US (as well as europe), although bands are typically named with a single number, they always consist of a pair of bands. one set of freqs is for upstream traffic (phone > tower), the other for downstream (tower > phone). sometimes the second ba... (continues)
Knowing that T-Mobile has been looking forward to this for a long time, what are the chances of the major carriers (Cingular, Verizon, and Sprint) buying up this spectrum simply to keep companies like T-Mo, Alltel, and USCC from gaining any spectrum?
Just a thought as it would help bring more business to the big 3 because the rest would be unable to roll out much of a 3G network.
It would be an evil thing to do, but potentially a smart business decision.
Well, I think it would be the larger carriers' best interest to let companies such as Alltel and USCC to have spectrum like that, because then you could have roaming partners in rural areas instead of buying spectrum and keeping it unused. It's the l... (continues)
as I said in a prior post in here, DT is going to be using $10 billion for new spectrum. the problem is, they announced that publicly which I think can haunt them because that will entice others to bid higher so that they cant afford it, bid higher to... (continues)