T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
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. T-Mobile is being aided by the FCC, which set aside 30MHz of spectrum for smaller companies. "Never in the history of the U.S. has there been an auction where there has been a set aside of spectrum for the competitive carriers," said Carter. "It's such a victory for us" and "sets up amazing pricing dynamics. I think this will be a robust auction." T-Mobile hopes to score enough 600MHz spectrum to fill in the coverage gaps where it doesn't already have 700MHz low-band spectrum. T-Mobile's 700MHz A Block allows it to cover approximately 190 million people with LTE. The company's grand plan is to be able to provide a national footprint.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Jul 21, 2015
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.
AT&T Seeking 20MHz Block of 600MHz Spectrum
Nov 12, 2015
AT&T is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction, according to CFO John Stephens. "Spectrum is a scare asset, and so we would expect to participate," said Stephens, speaking at technology conference.
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.
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.
T-Mobile Parent to Wait for Auction's End to Shop Uncarrier
Mar 1, 2016
Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile US, will not pursue any mergers or acquisitions for the Uncarrier while the FCC is holding its incentive spectrum auction. The information comes from unnamed sources cited by Reuters.