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Aug 11, 2006, 3:25 PM   by (staff)

Bidding slowed down in the AWS auction on Friday. While the totals of winning bids has almost tripled from the first day to nearly $2 billion, the number of bids per round has slowed to a quarter of its original pace. The auction will not end until there is not a single bid for an entire round. Although there is significant competition for some licenses, such as the large regional blocks, action is likely to heat up again on more lots as bidding slows even further, similar to last minute bidding wars on eBay. T-Mobile has fallen from its spot as the dollar leader but is still ahead in number of large licenses. This is because T-Mobile has locked up many metro area licenses for now while competition is focused on large regional licenses reclaimed from NextWave after they defaulted on payment for the spectrum after the last auction. Ironically AWS Wireless, a company born from NextWave's ashes, is the dollar leader because it is currently winning auctions for 3 of those 6 licenses.

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Aug 11, 2006, 3:33 PM

we should all pool our cash

We at phone scoop should all pool together some money and bid on some spectrum. start our own wireless carrier. naturally it will have to be GSM.

anyways, I got 20 bucks.
I'm in... I got .36 till next check, I'll go in towards the cause 😁
Well, if were going to start our own company I want to start the first flam war.

if y'all want to win all 12 regions block E, y'all need $30-40G
no joke!!! πŸ™„

Aug 11, 2006, 4:52 PM

So far with Provisionally winning bids in the 8th round for T-Mobile.

Northeast ; $207,043,000

Southeast; $79,220,000

Southeast; $191,711,000

Mississippi Valley; $113,287,000

Central $65,082,000

Central ; $157,498,000

West $204,822,000

(Those letters "F-E" are blocks)

Pretty nice bandwidth in some of those blocks that they are "winning" in.

Some links for you guys;

http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/66/fcc06-47-Att-A4.xls »


Aug 11, 2006, 4:43 PM

Again, Tmobile is doing quite well

As I posted on the last forum with this topic, T-Mobile continues to do well and it looks like they will get some key licenses, which can enable them to do 3g services, and improve their current coverage and capacity. It will obviously take them within a few years to deploy HSDPA/HSUPA but once they do, I think they could be a good competitor, but for the time being they need to focus on doing well quarter over quarter and year over year, and if they don’t, they will be in a world of trouble even if they get the 3g spectrum. We can go over the spectrum and the MHz later when the auction is officially closed. Round nine is in 60 or so hours from now and counting so, we will know more later on.
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