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Verizon Scores AWS Spectrum for $3.6 Billion

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Dec 2, 2011, 9:07 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Dec 2, 2011, 9:29 AM

Verizon Wireless today announced that it has agreed to purchase 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million POPs for $3.6 billion from SpectrumCo. SpectrumCo is a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive $2.3 billion from the sale; Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% and will receive $1.1 billion; and Bright House Networks owns 5.3% and will receive $189 million. The companies have agreed to resell Verizon's products and services to their own customers rather than create and run their own wireless network. They also set up an innovation joint venture to explore how best to integrate wireless and wireline services in the future. AWS spectrum lays in the 1700MHz band. Verizon Wireless's CDMA network runs on the 850MHz and 1900MHz PCS bands, and its LTE network operates on 700MHz spectrum. Verizon has not said what it intends to do with this new spectrum, other than to offer "even better 4G LTE products and services" to Americans. Verizon didn't say when it expects the deal to close, and it has to pass regulatory approval, first.

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Rich Brome

Dec 2, 2011, 9:52 AM


This is a pretty big deal. It will give Verizon a huge, huge competitive advantage in myriad ways. They will be able to do things with 4G that other carriers can only dream of. They will also have complete flexibility to roll out VoLTE and eventually transition away from CDMA at absolutely whatever pace they like.
Of course this is perfectly OK for VZW to do this, don't see charts, maps and other diagrams on just how much spectrum VZW owns and uses or doesn't use. Such treatment is only reserved for AT&T. Everyone else gets a free pass on unused or spectrum h...
Can you give some examples of what Verizon will be able to do with LTE that other carriers won't?
Once the AT&T-T-Mobile merger is finally kaput, T-Mobile was likely to make a play for this nearly nationwide collection of AWS 2100+1700 MHz licenses from SpectrumCo. So, this was a preemptive strike by VZW.

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