AT&T Finalizes Buy of Add'l Spectrum for 4G Network
AT&T this week announced that it has formally completed its purchase of a block of 700 MHz spectrum from Qualcomm. The spectrum covers 300 million people and cost AT&T $1.9 billion. The FCC approved the sale on December 22. AT&T plans to use the spectrum to augment its 4G LTE network. Because the spectrum is unpaired, it is difficult to use for two-way services. Therefore AT&T will use it for downlink (download) traffic only, in combination with its two-way LTE network already being deployed. Although this should improve the capacity and performance of AT&T's 4G network, this configuration will be unique to AT&T, requiring phones even more unique from those of Verizon and other carriers. The spectrum was previously used for Qualcomm's unsuccessful MediaFLO service that broadcast live television directly to phones.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
Verizon's 1900 MHz Spectrum In NYC Now Entirely LTE
Verizon Wireless has completed refarming its 1900 MHz spectrum in the country's largest city, an effort first begun in 2014. The company recently converted the last remaining 10 MHz block from CDMA 3G to LTE 4G, which means Verizon is running LTE on 20 MHz of its Band 2 spectrum in New York City.
T-Mobile to Buy Chicago-Area Spectrum to Boost Coverage
T-Mobile today said it has agreed to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Leap in order to bring its "extended-range LTE" coverage to the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, T-Mobile is snagging A-Block 700 MHz spectrum covering Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Evanston, Naperville, Aurora, Gary, Rockford, De Kalb, Janesville, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, Kenosha, and others.
FCC Says AT&T Can Buy 700 MHz Licenses from Peoples
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. The transaction gives AT&T 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in two cellular market areas.