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Replying to:  VZW and AT&T still hoarding AWS spectrum? by Azeron   Jan 25, 2010, 9:53 PM

Re: VZW and AT&T still hoarding AWS spectrum?

by dave73    Jan 26, 2010, 1:57 AM

Azeron said:
Thank Google that these *Bleepards* are not able to sit on the 700mzH spectrum they purchased as they appear to be with the AWS. It is almost as though they purchased the AWS spectrum simply to keep a start up from building out a competitor in the wireless arena. Surprised

For the AWS spectrum, VZW is only sitting on the F Blocks for the Northeast, south, Mississippi Valley, & Great Lakes Regions, and A & B blocks for Louisiana (where there's no overlap in the F block) & Hawaii. VZW is waiting for LTE before they use AWS. 34 - 46mhz of 700 in major markets & 22mhz everywhere else in the USA (minus Alaska & Puerto Rico, where they didn't bid on 700) won't be enough. For AWS, all they have is 20mhz.

AT&T primarily went after major markets, while avoiding most rural markets. They'll be sitting on their spectrum more than VZW will. They don't plan to build out LTE as early as VZW will.

I do agree though that they bought spectrum in the largest markets to keep out competition. The government wasn't happy that the telecoms (AT&T & VZW) bought most of the 700 spectrum. As for AWS, T-Mobile bought the bulk of the AWS spectrum (every regional license they could get their hands on, along with A & B blocks for additional capacity). So T-Mobile will likely sit on some of that spectrum as they don't serve many rural markets. Also, unless they plan to launch 3G only markets, I don't see them entering markets they don't hold any PCS spectrum.

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