What would be interesting, is if AT&T and Verizon would bid on more spectrum, if another spectrum auction was coming up.
Check this out:
Verizon's deal, will give them the AWS spectrum, that they couldn't get in the AWS auction, while doubling or tripling their AWS spectrum holdings on the Eastern half of the US.
Will the FCC go for this considering how much spectrum Verizon already has?
Last edited by tmotk; 12-02-2011 at 11:54 AM.
Sprint is in a similarly good position if they work it right with Clearwire using 800/1900 as primary in-building penetrating LTE bands, and 2500 as fallback outdoor coverage with LTE, that alone would be a kick *** network considering it's capabilities along with the capacity to make it all happen
I think the FCC will lean towards approval, just like with the Qualcomm/AT&T deal, since it should lead to the licenses moving from a non-operating "hoarder" to someone who might actually use them. That being said, it seems the big 2 carriers are getting so many different chunks of spectrum that they will be hard-pressed to use them all in one device.
AT&T and T-Mobile SF Bay Area+ Cell Sites - with Cell ID labels
Over 1,100 AT&T sites in the 9 Bay Area counties + San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties
Now over 1,500 T-Mobile sites in these 12 counties
T-Mobile is definitely not in a good position after this. They could have very much used that AWS spectrum for LTE.
Heres T-Mobile's total spectrum holdings:
If T-Mobile had gotten the AWS from SpectrumCo, that would definitely have helped them edge closer to the big 2 in terms of amount of spectrum in metros.
I think for the next 5 years, T-Mobile could be ok with just deploying HSPA+ (42mbps and up). Its not optimal, but I think it would be possible to get by profitably and still have comparable user experiences to the big 2. In the past, DT has talked about re-farming existing spectrum (ie PCS) to deploy LTE. Thats much more difficult to do.
Isn't T-Mobile now only stuck with possible future spectrum auctions as a source of new spectrum?
Verizon 4G LTE
San Francisco | San Jose
AT&T 4G LTE
Why didn't DT bid on that AWS spectrum to add value to T-Mobile USA, just like a seller of a house might make repairs or improvements? Did DT not know it was for sale and then Verizon scooped it up? Now whoever might buy T-Mobile is going to wonder if it has enough spectrum for the long term. And DT should have bought it for T-Mobile USA even if it will end up keeping T-Mobile.
Let's hope the FCC says Verizon has too much spectrum so T-Mobile has another chance at it later.
This is T-Mobile's AWS holdings:
They have an average of 20mhz of AWS nationwide.T-Mobile tried to get the coveted 20 MHz F block where they could, but were out-bid by Verizon Wireless in many regions. They did score F block licenses in the Central and West regions, and they picked up both the D and E block in the Southeast.
That left them with only 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Mississippi Valley regions. That might not be enough for major cities, so they beefed it up with an extra 110 A and C block licenses in urban areas. Their biggest A block wins were in the New York and Chicago areas. Their biggest C block licenses are for Philadelphia, Phoenix, LA, and Seattle. That will give them a whopping 30 MHz of AWS spectrum in New York, Chicago, Phoenix, LA, and Seattle.
If AT&T has to hand over their AWS to T-Mobile:
So that would give T-Mobile 30mhz or greater on the West and some metros on the East.They picked up two major 10 MHz licenses covering the whole West and Central regions. They also supplemented that with an additional 20 MHz of A block spectrum in LA and Dallas.
And does St Louis really only have 10mhz of AWS and no way to get more? And does that mean phones above 21mbps are pointless (will not be faster than 21mbps phones)?