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Verizon selling 700MHz spectrum if AWS deal goes through

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Verizon selling 700MHz spectrum if AWS deal goes through
Verizon’s 4G LTE network is up and running for over a year now, and one thing that would make it even better is more spectrum in the carrier’s disposal. So why is Verizon Wireless then selling spectrum in its 700MHz bands? The reason, of course, is that the sale might be a trade-off allowing the carrier to grab some precious space in the AWS frequencies.

Verizon has inked a deal with SpectrumCo, a JV of cable companies that agreed to sell Big Red AWS spectrum. The agreement however came under fire from other carriers like T-Mobile, and the Government’s Department of Justice started to look into the deal. By promising to sell its 700MHz A and B licenses, Verizon might hit the right balance and appease officials, calming down their anti-competitive concerns.
 
Plus, the existing 700MHz C licenses that Verizon owns along with the soon-to-be-acquired AWS bands, should be enough for the carrier to deploy its massive LTE plans. Still, the A and B licenses cover some major metro areas. Check out the press release below to see which ones exactly, and how could this affect the LTE deployment at Big Red.

source: Verizon Wireless

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posted on 19 Apr 2012, 04:59 1

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I wonder what it means to people with phones service in those areas or people who travel there. Will there phones not work that well any more or will they lose the ability to use there phone in those areas and Have to get a new phone. I guess I am not quite sure what these new LTE chips range is. I wonder how this all will work out.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 07:40

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I believe all working phones out there work on multiple bands so if one is unavailable, the chipset can work off of a different one instead. So basically, if you had a mutli-lane highway and suddenly the far left lane disappeared, you'd still be able to use all of the other lanes for traveling.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 11:51

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


AT&T will probably but it from Verizon. AT&T also utilizes a 700Mhz block. And being that AT&T has deployed LTE mostly on the east coast, this spectrum would help immensely being it covers alot of the east coast.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 18:08

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


AT&T utilizes 700mhz as well as AWS for their LTE.

I think that's what makes AT&T LTE network speed the fastest, perhaps Verizon will be on par with AT&T on LTE speed once they get approval for AWS deal.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 13:09

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's a good idea but i hope this doesn't mean degraded performance in my area. o:

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 15:20

6. centuro1911 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


once it's above 5 mb/s on phone speed doesn't even matter

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