AT&T Allowed to Buy Qualcomm's 700MHz Spectrum, Says FCC
The Federal Communications Commission today voted 3-1 in favor of allowing AT&T to purchase spectrum licenses from Qualcomm. The spectrum in question covers 700MHz airwaves that were once used for Qualcomm's failed MediaFLO live television network. The spectrum block covers 300 million people across the country, including most major metropolitan markets. The deal was first proposed more than a year ago, and AT&T will pay Qualcomm $1.9 billion for the airwaves. It will use the additional capacity to help support the downlink portion of its nascent Long Term Evolution 4G network, which launched earlier this year and covers just 15 markets and 70 million POPs. Of note, the FCC is requiring AT&T to offer roaming deals to its competitors, but it is not requiring AT&T to make sure its LTE network is interoperable with other 700MHz handsets. The FCC did say, however, that it will examine the interoperability issue between 4G networks and handsets next year.
T-Mobile Starts Deploying LTE On Its 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today offered some details about its LTE network. To start, it has expanded its LTE service footprint to cover 260 million POPs — an increase of 10 million POPs over the last two months.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
T-Mobile to Add 700MHz Support to Select Phones
T-Mobile plans to make some of its handsets compatible with its 700MHz spectrum through a software update. Today, only the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge can use LTE on T-Mobile's 700MHz spectrum.
AT&T to Use Auction Winnings to Boost Downlink Performance
AT&T today said its winnings from the recently concluded FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction give it a near contiguous 10x10MHz block of spectrum across much of the country. The J Block spectrum covers 306 million people, or 96% of the U.S.
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