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AT&T and T-Mobile Ask FCC for Permission to Transfer Spectrum

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Jan 23, 2012, 3:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T and T-Mobile USA today filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking approval to transfer spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile USA. AT&T had promised T-Mobile USA some of its spectrum if AT&T's proposed acquisition of the smaller company fell through. The deal fell apart in December. T-Mobile USA will be given AWS mobile spectrum in 128 markets, including 12 of the top 20 markets in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle). In addition to the spectrum, AT&T signed a seven-year UMTS roaming agreement that gives T-Mobile USA a coverage boost from 230 million POPs to 280 million POPs. The roaming agreement gives T-Mobile a significantly larger service footprint for UMTS-based voice and data. The FCC has yet to comment on the spectrum transfer.

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Jan 24, 2012, 8:26 AM

Any DETAILED info on WHERE coverage will increase

I live in Fayetteville NC. I get 3G/4G coverage in the city itself...I go slightly out and I am in constant slow 2G. Does any know if there will be a coverage increase in my market? Is there a FULL proposed list of where the extra AT&T coverage will be available on my T-mobile device. Also, I have a MyTouch 4g...is it capable of roaming on the AT&T bands for data & cellular??
Check phonedog for where Tmobile is getting spectrum. Nothing in NC

Jan 23, 2012, 4:29 PM


Woot. Maybe Tminus can stop sucking with coverage now!!!

The service is great when it works, but it fails really bad when I travel up and down California. I frequently travel from San Francisco to LA on the weekends and the coverage is extremely poor when I get closer north.
Hope they say no! One company should not have to give something up and get nothing in return.
I really dont think you travel to LA or SF that much. T-mo has a really strong foot print in those areas. It is way stronger than AT&T & Sprint in those markets. That is fact. The rest of the country I cant speak for, but I can speak for those 2 marke...

Jan 24, 2012, 11:10 AM

This hurts Sprint

If Sprint hated the merger, this is really going to make them mad. If Tmobile improves there coverage to the point it matches Sprint, why go and deal with Sprint's slow network.

Jan 23, 2012, 7:32 PM

roaming agreement

When does the 7 year UMTS roaming agreement begin?
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