FCC Approves Transfer Of Spectrum From AT&T To T-Mobile

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News Posted: Thu, Apr 26 2012 11:08 AM

When the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile fell through, the breakup agreement included plans for AT&T to transfer AWS spectrum licenses to T-Mobile. This week, the FCC approved the transfer.

The spectrum transfer is important to T-Mobile: The wireless carrier plans to use the spectrum to launch LTE in 2013. The transfer gives T-Mobile AWS mobile spectrum in 128 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs), including 12 of the top 20 markets.

“We applaud the FCC for acting swiftly to approve the transfer of these spectrum licenses,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “Securing this additional spectrum was a key catalyst for our plans to launch LTE in 2013 and is therefore good news for our customers.”

T-Mobile plans to invest $4 billion to improve existing voice and data coverage and plans to broadly deploy LTE in 2013. The wireless carrier has said it needs more AWS spectrum in order to support its 4G efforts and continued growth.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 12:50 PM

I have been wondering when this was going to happen. I remember hearing about it being a part of the package when the AT&T failed as part of the Billion dollars AT&T would have to give T-MOUS when there idiotic initiative was shot down by the government.

It always amazed me that everyone except for one of the biggest telecom companies in existence ever (in the US anyway) could see they were going to have there idea trashed handed back to them and a large chunk of assets given away, why couldn't AT&T see it?

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rapid1:
why couldn't AT&T see it?

I would guess that AT&T was counting on using it's political clout and connections to ram the merger through. HERE is a great story about how AT&T operates behind the scenes, rapid1.

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AKnudson replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 4:37 PM

Its a small vicwtory for t mobile, they really got slaughtered by the merger falling through, so this seams like a consolation prize for the water treading telecom company.

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