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.
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.
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.
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.