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Is AT&T a wireless spectrum hog?

andy2373

Apr 29, 2011, 11:32 AM
I really like this quote. I wonder why ATT really screwed this away while others haven't. Eh?

This is in spite of the fact that AT&T is today sitting on more spectrum than any other wireless operator in the top 21 markets in the U.S., and about a third of that spectrum is still being unused.

"It's hard to reach the conclusion that the wireless carrier with the most spectrum and best spectrum isn't able to serve its customers with what it already has," said Larry Krevor, a vice president of government affairs for Sprint. "Every carrier has to use its spectrum resources as efficiently as it can."


http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20058494-266.html »
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Azeron

Apr 29, 2011, 1:48 PM
No. They are merely liars.
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andy2373

Apr 29, 2011, 1:53 PM
I just think it's funny, what people having been complaining about for years. ATT was reluctant to admit, until now. Now that they NEED what another carrier has. So much so that it's been brought to light that ATT having the most spectrum has squandered it.
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Azeron

Apr 29, 2011, 8:24 PM
It's straight garbage. AWS spectrum is bastardized mis mash that AT&T only purchased to keep any new competition from buying enough to build a new carrier and to keep T-Mobile from realizing 3G (Pseudo 4G) T-Mobile STILL overspent for the spectrum and once T-Mobile became "For Sale" AT&T did what it has traditionally did...overbid for an asset it simply does not need. Now they are offering lame *Bleep* excuses for why they need T-Mobile's spectrum. Lies. They do not need anything T-Mobile has. They just want to knock another piece (say a bishop) from the board.
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deepskyblue

Apr 29, 2011, 6:37 PM
Most companies have some spectrum holdings they're not using.

I think in AT&T's case the reason that they're not using some of their spectrum is because they don't have complete national coverage in any of the unused bands.

Spectrum auctions don't come up that often so the big telcos usually purchase some whenever they have an auction. They then try to buy or trade spectrum to fill in any missing pieces.

If AT&T built out LTE using their unused spectrum some would be in 1700, some would be in 700 and there would be some parts of the country where the would not be able to deploy LTE at all.

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=187 ... »

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=99& ... »

I think the plan...
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Azeron

Apr 29, 2011, 8:27 PM
If by most you mean AT&T and Verizon Then I would agree. They have both been sitting on AWS which they purchased despite having no intention of ever deploying it. Imagine if there had been a mandate to force whomever purchased that spectrum to begin immediate deployment on it as reportedly Sprint had with its 2.5MHz? Those *Bleep*holes probably still would have purchased it just being *Bleep*blockers to keep anyone else from getting into the game. But at least it wouldn't be sitting in their basements gathering dust.
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nextel18

Apr 29, 2011, 9:00 PM
2.5ghz actually. they were told by the FCC to launch in that band in a given time.. of course they didnt Smile
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deepskyblue

Apr 29, 2011, 10:25 PM
I think when AT&T and Verizon purchased that AWS spectrum their intent was to either use for trading or to sell later.

There are other companies sitting on spectrum they're not currently using though.

Sprint/Clear have enough 2500 that they feel they can sell 50 mhz. I'm guessing that they're not using the stuff they wanted to sell. I haven't heard if anyone actually bought their spectrum though.

Metro PCS also owns at least one 700 license. I don't know if they've acquired more through other purchases or swaps.

Cricket bought some AWS spectrum which i think they plan to use for LTE in 2012 or 2013. That spectrum was purchased in 06, so they've been sitting on it for a long time.
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nextel18

Apr 29, 2011, 10:31 PM
hard to get rid of spectrum Smile
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Azeron

Apr 30, 2011, 12:35 PM
...their intent was to either use for trading or to sell later."

I wouldn't call that thinking at all. Who are they going to sell it to? Each other? They certainly have shown no inclination to actually use the AWS spectrum for anything. Suddenly, AT&T NEEDS T-Mobile's AWS valuable spectrum at the same time as they are hiding the fact that they have boatloads of AWS already. Stop making excuses. Seriously.
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nextel18

Apr 29, 2011, 9:01 PM
700 is the plan but they will also use all of their spectrum Smile
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nextel18

Apr 29, 2011, 8:59 PM
more spectrum the better Smile thats the game.
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