T-Mobile's 3G Delay Government Related
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.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
FCC Says AWS-3 Bidding Reaches $12 Billion
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government has received bids totaling $12 billion for AWS-3 spectrum licenses. The auction kicked off November 13 with a reserve price of $10.6 billion.
FCC Lays Out Rules for AWS-3 Spectrum Auction
The FCC has published the rules regarding Auction 97, which will see 1,614 spectrum licenses sold by the government to wireless network operators. The auction will start November 13, with a trial auction scheduled for November 10.
Sprint to Sit Out AWS-3 Auction
Sprint today confirmed that it will skip an upcoming spectrum auction. "Sprint has decided not to participate in the FCC's AWS-3 auction, but will continue to evaluate the opportunities presented by the upcoming 600MHz incentive auction," said Sprint spokesman Jeffrey Silva to Bloomberg.
T-Mobile should go for LTE along with UMTS
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 ...
Let me get this straight...
Isn't that kinda like selling land but not moving off the property?
never forget the FCC runs the show
Chalk one up for Master of the Obvious!!!!
the "T" stands for tatas
I have faith that tata-mobile would bring us much more fun if they could.
AND U HYPE?