U.S. Cellular Likely to Sit Out 600MHz Spectrum Auction
Updated: corrected name of executive
U.S. Cellular CEO Ken Meyers said the company has an adequate supply of spectrum and therefore doesn't think it will be necessary to participate in the upcoming 600MHz auction. "We want to make sure that we have low-band and mid-band spectrum in every one of our markets," said Meyers to investors this week. Meyers didn't rule out participating entirely, however. He indicated the company needs low-band spectrum in a couple of markets, but would only buy spectrum in those markets if the price is right. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all expected to bid for spectrum, though Sprint has said it will not. U.S. Cellular also said it has successfully tested VoLTE in three markets and expects to launch the improved voice service in at least one market later this year.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Feb 15, 2018
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
AT&T and Verizon Kick Off Interoperable VoLTE Calling
Jul 6, 2016
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have begun allowing some customers to place VoLTE calls to one another. The carriers' deployment of interoperable VoLTE is woefully behind schedule.
FCC Says Applications for Incentive Auction Due Today
Jan 12, 2016
Today marks the deadline for companies planning to participate in the upcoming reverse auction to file their applications. The FCC will accept entries until the end of the day.
Google to Sit Out Incentive Auction
Feb 12, 2016
Google will not participate in next month's spectrum auction, says the company. The deadline to file applications for the auction passed on February 10.
Sprint to Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Sep 26, 2015
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.