T-Mobile zeroing in on the purchase of Verizon's 700MHz A block spectrum?
As part of the deal, T-Mobile will receive spectrum covering 150 million people, according to BTIG LLC analyst Walt Piecyk. The nation's fourth largest carrier apparently outbid AT&T for the airwaves. The spectrum, part of a group known as "A block," was purchased by Verizon in 2008 for $2.6 billion. For T-Mobile, this is the type of spectrum that its COO Jim Alling has called the missing piece to its coverage.
Verizon is also going to receive some AWS spectrum from T-Mobile in the deal. The nation's largest carrier hopes to use this to free up some bandwidth in areas where it has heavy network traffic, like in New York City.
The deal will require permission from the FCC before it officially closes.
2. xtroid2k (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Yeah. I certainly hope it beefs up coverage here in the north east. Would be awesome
3. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
OOC, what prompted VZW to sell in the first place?
4. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Come to the west!!! The east has enough coverage and carriers!
5. chrstphr (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)
Verizon's upper c block isn't compatible. Unless they use release 10. Equipment.
7. EnigmaticPsychotic (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)
As a fan of what T-Mobile is doing this is good news. I'd like to think this is the type s spectrum that would allow for better penetration into buildings, but I'm not sure.
8. chrstphr (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)
They can optimises and reduce power levels and guard bands to prevent interference.