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.
T-Mobile Going After Yet More 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile continues to chase 700MHz A Block spectrum across the country. According to recent filings with the FCC, T-Mobile's newest target is a batch of licenses held by Triad 700 LLC.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.
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.
Verizon Lights Up AWS Spectrum in 22 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today announced it has expanded the reach of its "XLTE" footprint by 22 markets. Verizon's LTE network runs on 700MHz almost nationwide, but it has been adding coverage in the 1700MHz band throughout the year and marketing the dual-band 700/1700MHz coverage as XLTE.
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.