Verizon Looking for 700MHz Spectrum in Alaska
Verizon Wireless recently filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission in order to acquire a block of 700MHz spectrum that covers the state of Alaska. The current owner, Triad, paid $1.8 billion for the spectrum license, though Verizon hasn't disclosed what price it is willing to pay for the block of spectrum. A Verizon Wireless spokesperson told Fierce Wireless that the license acquisition would make Verizon's 700MHz footprint over the U.S. complete. Once acquired, Verizon could then provide voice and data services to the state of Alaska, where it currently has no presence. Verizon plans to roll out Long Term Evolution data service to 25 - 30 markets in the continental U.S. later this year using the 700MHz band.
AT&T and Pine Cellular Seek to Swap Spectrum Leases
AT&T and Pine Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to lease one another's spectrum. AT&T wants to snag a leased license in the Lower 700MHz B Block in parts of Arkansas from Pine.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
AT&T Seeking 20MHz Block of 600MHz Spectrum
AT&T is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction, according to CFO John Stephens. "Spectrum is a scare asset, and so we would expect to participate," said Stephens, speaking at technology conference.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.
Verizon Expands XLTE to 6 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today marked the one-year anniversary of its XLTE service by expanding coverage to six additional markets. XLTE is now available in Marshalltown, Iowa; Madisonville and Owensboro, Ky.; Traverse City, Mich.; Meridian, Miss.; and Martinsville, Va.
Verizon: bring the awesomeness of LTE to the furthest stretches of the U.S.! ! !
I live in Las Vegas, and I like go to Boulder City on occasion just to get away, I'm looking forward to having 10+mb/s LTE in tiny little Boulder City the historic town of Hoover Dam, less than 30mi's from Vegas, but far enough away to be !AWAY!
75% of the U.S. will be covered by LTE from Verizon by April of 2012,...hmm, I wonder how much supposed progress ATT will make by April of 2012.