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T-Mobile takes on Verizon in Spectrum Wars

T-Mobile takes on Verizon in Spectrum Wars
In the old days, verbal knockdown dragout fights used to take forever. Snail mail battles had to wait for the actual pickup and delivery of the words. But this is a much different age we live in and thanks to Twitter, a few timely tweets will assure that the whole world knows where you stand on an issue. Back in February Verizon and T-Mobile got into a battle of words when Big Red said that it was using its spectrum more efficiently than the nation's fourth largest carrier. Tweets were exchanged, words were said, but so far no one has lost an eye.

In a press release issued Wednesday, T-Mobile attacked Verizon's reasoning behind comments it made against T-Mobile in support of Big Red's purchase of  AWS spectrum from a group of cable firms. Last month, the FCC told Verizon that it wanted the carrier to prove that it needed the additional spectrum next year, and wanted the three cable firms selling the licenses to explain why the trio could not use the spectrum for themselves. The Feds gave Verizon a March 22nd deadline and we are still waiting to hear from the FCC on whether it will green light the purchase by Verizon.

T-Mobile and Verizon have had a virtual battle

T-Mobile and Verizon have had a virtual battle

Big Red has justified its purchase of the spectrum by saying it is one of the most efficient carriers in the world and is twice as efficient as T-Mobile. The latter has taken exception to this comment and shows where Verizon has gone wrong with its math. The latter divides each carrier's total subscribers by a average amount of spectrum. According to T-Mobile, this analysis is flawed because it is done on a nationwide basis when it should be done market-by-market because of the way that spectrum holdings and market share vary greatly in different markets.

Additionally, T-Mobile claims that in Verizon's calculations of T-Mobile's network, the mobile operator used spectrum that the latter has not taken possession of yet which makes T-Mobile look like it has much fewer subscribers than Verizon has for the same amount of spectrum. The spectrum being added to T-Mobile's total by Verizon is coming from AT&T as consolation for pulling out of the deal to acquire the company, and is awaiting FCC approval to have the appropriate license transferred. Ironically, in its calculations for its own figures, Verizon doesn't include the spectrum that it is waiting to hear about from the FCC which in effect gives the carrier the look of a much more efficient mobile operator.

T-Mobile also points out that smartphones use 35 times as much data as featurephones and that T-Mobile has a higher percentage of smartphone customers than Verizon. Additionally, Verizon has a majority of its spectrum in frequency bands under 1GHz which is more efficient than bands over 1GHz, which is where all of T-Mobile's spectrum lies.

Taking all of these conditions into account, T-Mobile says it is more efficient than Verizon in the Top 5 markets, 8 out of the top 10 and 31 out of the top 49. On average, says T-Mobile, it is 50% more efficient than Verizon which is a much different story than what Verizon is telling the FCC. And while T-Mobile is refarming its PCS and AWS technology for next-gen LTE service, it will still require more spectrum to have a national LTE rollout. As the carrier says, "As competitors like Verizon roll out LTE, it is important that T-Mobile be right there as well – bringing competition and choice to consumers."

T-Mobile says that the FCC should not allow Verizon to sink its hooks into the last block of currently available LTE enabled spectrum since Verizon would most likely sit on the spectrum whereas others, like T-Mobile, would put it to use immediately.

Press Release


source: TmoNews

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posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:52 2

1. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Oh look, FCC abusing its power again. Tell me again, why are these blokes in charge? Thanks to them, our wireless spectrum sucks with all the data hungry Android phones available.

#bestintheworld

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 00:52 7

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Okay, so what do you think the FCC supposed to be doing? They manage spectrum available, whether for TV, radio, first responder, or wireless phones. Along with managing who gets what, they are also in charge of making sure that spectrum doesn't interfere, so you don't have someone talking about how awful their day was interfering with an air traffic controller trying to land a plane. A bunch of a holes, I know.

On a side note, would it be better if our wireless spectrum sucked because of all the data hungry iphones if there were no android or wp7 phones. If anything, apple is responsible for this. Before the iphone, most casual users didn't think about going to a smartphone. The only people with smartphones are the ones who actually needed them (ie the business crowd). But after people found out all the cool things they could do, they wanted in on it also. Add to that the fact that the pre-iphone smartphones hardly used any data. A 1 GB data plan would've been unheard of prior to 2007. What would you use all of that data for? Everyone likes to point out that the iphone ushered in the the modern smartphone age, so along with those kudos they need to accept the fact that it is also responsible for the data cruch we are currently in.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:21 1

10. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


go back to your bridge troll!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:57 2

2. CommentBoxEnforcer (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


right...but i stil like verizon..5+ yrs

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:57 11

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2961; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Too bad data caps were started by iPhone users abuse.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 00:04 4

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


so what? was T-Mobile going to acquire the Spectrum? if so then i definitely think T-Mobile should have dibs but if this is just them being babies about Verizon making a serious move then they really need to just shut up and focus on rolling out their own LTE network.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:16 3

8. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


I agree. These companies are crying because they're not making smart business decisions and when another is making them they want to cry about it. T-Mobile you didn't go to these cable companies to try to strike a deal Verizon went to these companies with an offer. Geez this s**t is getting more and more ridiculous.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 01:08 3

6. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I don't have either Tmobile or Verizon, but I think Tmobile is definately more efficient in their use of spectrum simply because they have to be. They have nowhere near the resources of Verizon and need to squeeze every last drop out of what they have just to stay competitive.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:56 3

7. Beholder88 (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I'd like to see some actual numbers here. This is just showing that the two networks are bantering back and forth and claiming that one is more efficient than the other. A third party needs to step in and do some actual research, if only to shut everyone up. Sure, Verizon's smartphone mix isn't the highest, but they had more customers previous to the smartphone boom anyway. Verizon is more prepared for this, and the others are playing catch-up. I've had Verizon 4G for about 6 months now, and never had a problem. I wasn't even effected during the outages that were reported.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:35 1

9. Fhammond (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Same here

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:38 2

11. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I'll give T-Mobile a thumb up on spectrum efficiency usage once they finish refarming the PCS band to HSDPA+ and get ready for LTE rollout.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 20:40 2

12. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)


cry baby cry , att took 20millions costomers from t mobile since iphone launch and att gave t mobile 3 billions for not buying deal. don't cry baby your network sucks and only good thing is tmobile is cheappp!!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:18 2

13. Battleraiser (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Tmobile and Sprint are both a dying company. Just go ahead, lay down, sale your parts, and let the big companies duke it out like men.

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