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AT&T to acquire spectrum from NTCH, MilkyWay Broadband, and Paul Bunyan

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AT&T to acquire spectrum from NTCH, MilkyWay Broadband, and Paul Bunyan
The second largest mobile carrier in the US is preparing to buy spectrum in the 700MHz block, and AWS-1 part of the range (1710-1755MHz and 2110-2155MHz) from a holding company and a couple small telecom firms.

The financial terms of the deals have not been disclosed, but the blocks of spectrum will further AT&T’s plans toward enhancing its network in several markets.

The first deal involves the transfer of 12MHz from the lower B-block of 700MHz in 18 counties across parts of Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, from NTCH, which operates ClearTalk Wireless, and its subsidiary WGH Communications.  MilkyWay Broadband is relinquishing 12MHz of lower 700MHz C-block spectrum across 71 counties in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

The AWS-1 spectrum comes from none other than Paul Bunyon Rural Telephone Cooperative. From that transaction, AT&T will pick up properties in 9 counties across the land of Paul Bunyon (a North American folklore hero), meaning Minnesota and North Dakota.

AT&T expects to pick up more capacity through an upcoming auction of 600MHz spectrum later this year.

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 22 Mar 2014, 23:53 3

1. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Came to see what the Paul Bunyon reference was about

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 00:12 1

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8705; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol so did I.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 08:30 1

5. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


sadly... me 3

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 00:49 1

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Att really needs this for Minnesota, seems like Verizon is the only one that works there!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 08:14 1

4. bigdawg23 (Posts: 386; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I go all over the state of Minnesota with no issues on ATT. I dumped Verizojn because of coverage and many 3G spots. Verizon on the I90 corridor to South Dakota sucks.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 10:26

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Well I was referring to when you head to Montana man lol

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:48 1

7. Augustine (Posts: 740; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Though opening of the 600MHz spectrum is a great deal, rolling out infra-structure and phones operating in this band would take some time, two to three years, regrettably.

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