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T-Mobile to purchase 700MHz spectrum in 38 counties in three states

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T-Mobile to purchase 700MHz spectrum in 38 counties in three states
T-Mobile continues to build up its spectrum in advance of the big government auction next year. A ULS filing made by the nation's fourth largest carrier, reveals that it acquiring some A-block spectrum from a company called I-700 A Block, LLC. The terms of the deal do not include the transfer of customers, networks or any assets outside of the airwaves.

38 countries in three states are involved in the transaction. In Illinois, the counties involved include Crawford, Edwards, Lawrence, Massac, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White. In Indiana, T-Mobile is buying spectrum covering Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick. And in Kentucky, T-Mobile's spectrum purchase covers 19 counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Daviess, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, McLean, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union, and Webster. The acquisition means that 1.1 million more Americans are covered by T-Mobile's higher-end LTE signal.

Each county will receive about 12MHz of spectrum, enough for 5MHz +5MHz in the 700MHz frequency. T-Mobile, as we noted, will be buying the spectrum in the A-block. AT&T owns 700MHz in the B-block and D-block in the market, while Verizon owns 700MHz in the C-block in the market.

Keep in mind that the FCC still must approve the transaction, although there is no reason to expect that it would give the transaction anything other than a green light.

source: TmoNews

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posted on 03 Aug 2014, 09:25

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Till they close the coverage holes in my state no T-mobile for me.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 10:44

2. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

That is why you have "choice".

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 11:28 4

3. phonton (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

Isn't it "38 counties" rather than "38 countRies" in paragraph 2 line 1?

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 11:58

4. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

i lived in illinois most my life and i never heard of those counties, must be rural ones, i lived outside of chicago. which is a good thing, honestly the rural counties are badly neglected

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 13:04

5. wilsong17 (unregistered)

Lucky I live in nj. I get lte coverage all nj turnpike

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 13:17

6. jamesrmacy (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Aug 2014)

Those are south eastern counties in Illinois, southwestern in Indiana, and north central in kentucky its called the tristate area

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:28

7. jesusnexo (unregistered)

Like in phineas and ferb? Haha sorry I'm 12.-.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 06:45

8. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

Totally agree, I luv all the new stuff t mobile is bringing to the industry, but I travel to Georgia, parts of the Midwest n upstate ny as well. Coverage was poor n in most places none, it's improved somewhat but my (no caring of its customers sprint, ) still had coverage in these areas. So hope all these spectrum purchases will improve their service!!

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