T-Mobile US indicated it will not participate in the Jan. 22 auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block, but said it is still shopping for more spectrum from an unnamed private company.
Verizon Wireless is currently experiencing higher than expected LTE data traffic and network stresses in a few major markets, but expects to have those issues ironed out by year-end, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
T-Mobile US prepaid unit MetroPCS expects to see benefits from AT&T Mobility's purchase of Leap Wireless and Leap's Cricket prepaid brand, according to a senior MetroPCS executive. If that notion seems paradoxical--a major competitor moving more aggressively into the prepaid market actually being a positive development--Tom Keys, executive vice president and COO of T-Mobile's MetroPCS unit, does not seem to think so.
Verizon Wireless is seeking to acquire AWS spectrum owned by a subsidiary of U.S. Cellular, an indication Verizon remains willing to augment its 700 MHz LTE network with AWS radio waves.
Verizon Wireless added 1.1 million net retail connections in the quarter, including 927,000 net retail postpaid connections. However, those results were below some analyst expectations--and New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin warned that Verizon's sluggish third quarter results could be attributed to increased competition from the newly recharged T-Mobile US.
Verizon Wireless has started deploying LTE in its AWS spectrum to boost capacity in key markets, a Verizon spokesman confirmed.
The Americas are home to 25 percent of the world's commercial LTE deployments, with networks deployed across 15 countries in the region. Single band deployments dominate, representing 85 percent of live LTE networks across the region.
AT&T boosted its spectrum holdings in 18 states by consummating a deal announced last January to acquire 39 lower 700 MHz B Block spectrum licenses from rival Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said although content providers have approached Verizon Wireless about wanting to subsidize content delivery, there are still technology hurdles to making that a reality.
One key part of Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of 20 MHz of nationwide AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications) last year was a joint technology venture with the companies, formally known as the "Joint Operating Entity." The joint venture was designed to develop technology to better integrate wireline and wireless products and services. However, it's still unclear what the joint venture is actually working on.