Sprint, T-Mobile US and several public interest and industry organizations want the FCC to more closely scrutinize some of AT&T's recently proposed spectrum deals for low-band airwaves, especially 700 MHz spectrum. Specifically, they want the FCC to employ its recently announced "enhanced factor" review for low-band spectrum acquisitions.
T-Mobile US is likely going to report very strong third-quarter results--and will continue its momentum through the fourth quarter thanks to the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to financial analysts.
T-Mobile US' hunt to score more 700 MHz A Block spectrum continues, with the carrier disclosing that it wants to acquire licenses in that band in four areas across the country, including areas around Reno, Nev., and Anchorage, Alaska.
Public-safety officials in the Denver area were able to use the First Responder Network Authority's Band 14 spectrum to access network databases during a three-day concert by the band Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The city is located in Adams County, which is leasing 700 MHz spectrum from FirstNet for use by its ADCOM911 communications center.
T-Mobile US is looking to get more 700 MHz A Block spectrum covering parts of Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Texas, as more filings related to the carrier's 700 MHz spectrum purchases trickle out into public view.
T-Mobile US is seeking to gain more 700 MHz A Block licenses from Frontier Communications and an individual spectrum holder, Thomas Kurian.
T-Mobile US added 760,000 branded net customers in the month of August, which was its best month ever in terms of postpaid net adds, according to CEO John Legere. The brash and outspoken T-Mobile chief said that while the company is open to a deal with another player to gain more scale, it has a great deal of momentum already.
LAS VEGAS--The First Responder Network Authority will release a request for information (RFI) at its Sept. 17 board meeting and will also announce a public comment-and-notice period, through which FirstNet will seek input on issues such as whether FirstNet access should be expanded beyond public-safety users, according to Ed Parkinson, FirstNet's director of government affairs.
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will support Sprint's tri-band LTE Spark service, the carrier confirmed, giving Sprint a much-needed boost since it is relying on Spark to set it apart from other carriers. However, it's unclear how much of an advantage that will give Sprint as it works to deploy the Spark network, especially because the new iPhone does not support carrier aggregation for Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum.
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will move forward with five new faces, announced Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.