Verizon Scores AWS Spectrum for $3.6 Billion
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has agreed to purchase 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million POPs for $3.6 billion from SpectrumCo. SpectrumCo is a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive $2.3 billion from the sale; Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% and will receive $1.1 billion; and Bright House Networks owns 5.3% and will receive $189 million. The companies have agreed to resell Verizon's products and services to their own customers rather than create and run their own wireless network. They also set up an innovation joint venture to explore how best to integrate wireless and wireline services in the future. AWS spectrum lays in the 1700MHz band. Verizon Wireless's CDMA network runs on the 850MHz and 1900MHz PCS bands, and its LTE network operates on 700MHz spectrum. Verizon has not said what it intends to do with this new spectrum, other than to offer "even better 4G LTE products and services" to Americans. Verizon didn't say when it expects the deal to close, and it has to pass regulatory approval, first.