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AWS Auction Starts Stage 2, End Draws Near

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Aug 22, 2006, 5:18 PM   by (staff)

Bidding on Auction 66 has slowed enough that the FCC has now declared the start of stage two. This requires that each eligible bidder's winnings total at least 95% of their eligible credits at the end of each round. This is meant to prevent companies from holding back and then placing large bids at the last minute, as often happens in online auctions. At the end of round 36, 5 rounds into stage 2, the auction winnings are now worth $12.5 billion. T-Mobile leads in both dollars and licenses chalking up over $4 billion for 127 licenses. Verizon, SpectrumCo, MetroPCS and Cingular still round out the top 5, whose winnings combined are over 80% of the auction's total value.

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Aug 22, 2006, 7:17 PM

this auction is making t-mo look pretty attractive...

So... if t-mo wins all these licenses in the end, how long do u guys think it would take to see substantial improvements in their coverage? As a T-mo/sprintnextel/cingy retalier i feel that t-mobile has most of the customer's desires covered (with the exception of reliable coverage.) A boost in that one weak category could bring them a large number of contracts.
Well, the problem is the auction is for spectrum in 1700 and 2100mhz. T-mobile uses 1900/850 roaming for voice coverage. This auction is mainly for spectrum to be used for future data services. For voice coverage enhancements you need to get a hold ...
It depends how quickly they can clear the incumbents, their spectrum, and implement. It could probably improve coverage and capacity within 3-12 months.
This new spectrum won't necessarily help coverage at all.

The new spectrum is about offering high-speed data and beefing up network capacity.

Spectrum licenses only grant the right to broadcast on a certain radio frequency in a certain area. T-M...
just a short note
these AWS licenses are supposed to use with HSDPA for T-Mobile, new device required (luckily, 3g devices are a lot cheaper now, we can expect a low end 3g phones will be around $199 without contract)
with these 3g license, T-Mobile...

Aug 23, 2006, 7:40 AM

Where will this get them? not far anytime soon...

After they spend 4 Billion (with a "b"), for licences in frequencies not used by voice, where will this get them? i doubt they have that much money to spend to begin with, otherwise they could have bought out smaller regional carriers to expand coverage. how are they going to find the money to utilize this new spectrum? personally this reminds me of the old auction days where Sprint bought all the licences they could, and it left them with no capital to build new towers.
Actually, you are wrong. With this AWS spectrum they can deploy both voice and data services. If they are successful at getting the spectrum, they can improve their coverage and capacity, and offer 3G services to compete against their peers. They cou...
jinx7676 said:
After they spend 4 Billion (with a "b"), for licences in frequencies not used by voice, where will this get them?

They will be able to use the new spectrum for WCDMA, which certainly does include voice....

Aug 23, 2006, 10:36 AM

Tmobile is doing great

They are doing a great job at winning key spectrum and areas, but now, they are spending more money on other areas. Very good job.
nextel18 said:
They are doing a great job at winning key spectrum and areas, but now, they are spending more money on other areas. Very good job.

The CEO of Deutsche Telekom says "Thanks".

Aug 22, 2006, 7:57 PM

Hehe......Go go She-Mobile!!!! +?

Pretty obvious T-Mobile needs this the most. The question I pose, is, "If the auction ended today and T-Mobile takes the majority, what kind of difference would it make? Like instead of the 30% that sign up with T-mobile, than go home with a 39.99 price plan and a 100000000 minutes thinking they are saving money to find out they have to crawl into the attic corner to pull a bar of reception. Will this cut the difference significantly? I mean cmon, 13 billlion dollars, better do something significant.

As a verizon rep, I get fewer T-Mobile switch overs than Sprint or Schwingular. I respect T-Mobile for their customer service. If they didn't have JD power awards for it, than I doubt they exist today. my 2 cents ๐Ÿ™‚
You're putting you biased, exaggerated opiniong out there about T-Mobile reception. I'm not saying verizon sucks, but T-Mobile worked better for me everywhere I used my Verizon phone when I had it.
Funny, i have to go out on my balcony, stand on one leg and pray to the gods to get one bar on my verizon phone (Motorola E815/work). T-mobile works even in the basement. My point is different strokes for different folks and the op is obviously a bi...
It's not just coverage. Granted, VZW has a broader coverage area than T-Mobile but what about a "Black Berry Warrior" who needs to use his American number on his mobile while in Germany. With Verizon, he'd have to rent a handset. (Although I did see t...
there's an important factor for T-Mobile success: service quality
T-Mobile is desparately to launch 3G to keep competitive
strangely, some ppls are laughing at T-Mobile does not have not 3g, while they don't want T-Mobile to get AWS license for 3g
Actually as of right now T-Mobile is spending $4B not $13B as you stated. The point of getting this spectrum is to improve a few things; capacity, coverage, and able to offer 3G devices. Without this spectrum, they would be facing all kinds of problem...

Aug 22, 2006, 5:44 PM


Metro's showing some gumption.
Seriously... they are going after D licenses in the West and Northeast regions. Those cover HUGE areas... ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Aug 22, 2006, 7:58 PM


Where is phone scoop getting this info? i went on the fcc site and it dont see NOTHING about tmobile or any other company winning or any kind of stats...geez what a poor link..maybe ill go and look further in to the site. ๐Ÿคจ
I've also tried to follow the link without luck, i wanted to know what carriers got what licenses but couldn't access that info. with this link.
It is inside information. Lol. Just kidding.
https://auctionbidding.fcc.gov/auction/index.htm?CFI ... »
It's a large and complex auction. Most of the data is in PDFs on the FCC site. If you go to the linked page on the FCC site, you can see some data in the "Top Licenses" document, and more detail in the "License Data" document.
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