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T-Mobile's 3G Delay Government Related

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Sep 24, 2007, 10:43 AM   by (staff)

T-Mobile's planned 3G build out scheduled for this year is on hold because the federal government is still using the portions of spectrum that T-Mobile USA won in last year's AWS auction. T-Mobile spent $4.2 billion to acquire 120 licenses in the 1700 MHz band, and reportedly offered the federal government an additional $50 million to move off of that spectrum sooner rather than later. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez noted that law enforcement and homeland security agencies are using that spectrum for mobile surveillance devices and relocating them to other spectrum has been problematic. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major wireless network operators not offering 3G services in the U.S., which it needs in order to remain competitive in the market.

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Sep 25, 2007, 6:08 PM

Hope Tmobile's...

...getting a $50 million dollar refund.
They haven't paid the $50 million. They offered to pay that to purchase new equipment to help the government transition to their new spectrum. I hope this clarification helps.

Sep 24, 2007, 4:47 PM

T-Mobile should go for LTE along with UMTS

LTE (4GSM) should be practical when the spectrum is all cleared, T-Mobile should take the chance to spare off AWS band for LTE, that can keep competitive
They might. Don’t ever count that out. They want to use HSPA though first than they can decide later. It would be easier and better for them to do LTE.
WiMax would fit the timeline better but it seems T-Mobile already spent money on W-CDMA equipment

Sep 24, 2007, 11:01 AM


Is T-Mobile entitled to some compensation? Can they file a law suit?
No. According to the RCR article:

The relocation process is subject to an arrangement whereby the government will use $1.1 billion from the $13.7 billion total in AWS auction proceeds to fund the transfer of government wireless operations from the ...
They can sue but they are not entitled to any compensation, but I know in some areas they have started already to update their infrastructure to 3G so we will see how that will turn out. I have been being mixed responses because of this so we shall se...

Sep 24, 2007, 1:19 PM

Let me get this straight...

...the government sold T-Mobile spectrum that they had no intention of abandoning yet?

Isn't that kinda like selling land but not moving off the property?
Not exactly. The FCC told the carriers beforehand that they wouldn't be able to use the spectrum right away and they weren't sure when the spectrum would be available. All of the carriers participated in this auction with the knowledge that they wou...
Unfortunately, it isn’t the government’s fault as the companies were told of this matter. Kind of like buyer beware.

Sep 24, 2007, 11:53 AM

never forget the FCC runs the show

all the wireless companies buy licenses/spectrum from the Feds and their reach is more than people realize. there is a limited amount available and if some/one/or all carriers don't have this or that coverage in some place, a lot of the time it's the government as the reason why.
He shoots.....

He scores............

Chalk one up for Master of the Obvious!!!! Laughing

Sep 24, 2007, 2:10 PM

the "T" stands for tatas

i knew it was big brother ruining all our fun.

I have faith that tata-mobile would bring us much more fun if they could.

Sep 24, 2007, 11:46 AM


and u hype about that junk iphone with only EDGE?? haha
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