Sprint and AT&T to negotiate to swap spectrum bands
Sprint and AT&T have filed with the FCC to swap spectrum bands in several major cities across the country. The agreement is expected to benefit both companies and the final decision is due by January 1, 2011
On one hand, AT&T, the US's second biggest carrier, claims that the swap will boost its system capacity around the following metropolitan areas: Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Des Moines, Honolulu, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Omaha, Louisville, Lexington, Evansville, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings.
Sprint, on the other hand, said that the exchange will enhance its network in: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Orleans, South Bend, Mishawaka ,Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville and Cleveland.
Other reports suggested that AT&T is trying to buy spectrum allocated for Quallcom's Flo TV service.