Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity. "The need for low-band spectrum for us is not a great need," said Verizon CFO Fran Shammo. The 600MHz auction is seen as the last real opportunity for carriers to get their hands on low-band spectrum. Verizon operates its LTE network in the 700MHz band (also considered low-band) and has supplemented that with LTE in its AWS spectrum. Big Red scooped up some 1900MHz spectrum earlier this year and will use it to densify its network through the use of small cells. Shammo said this is where Verizon will focus its network improvement activities for the time being. The rules for the incentive auction have yet to be finalized, but Verizon Wireless will be prohibited from bidding on 30MHz of airwaves that is being set aside for smaller carriers, as well as from bidding in markets where it already holds too much low-band spectrum. Together, these make the auction less attractive to Verizon.
Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
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FCC Finalizes 30MHz Reserve for 600MHz Auction
Aug 6, 2015
The FCC today formally rejected T-Mobile's bid to set aside more low-band spectrum for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction. T-Mobile wanted to see a total of 40MHz of the valuable low-band airwaves set aside for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
Oct 1, 2015
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the Uncarrier is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction and it will be on the hunt for low-band spectrum. Carter indicated the company has as much as $10 billion to spend on spectrum, though it expects to spend much less than that to get what it needs to expand coverage.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Sep 28, 2015
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
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