The FCC put a $10 billion reserve on the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which is scheduled to start Nov. 13. The reserve is the minimum amount the FCC must raise through the auction to make it a success. The auction will be the biggest since the FCC's 700 MHz auction in 2008, though it will likely be dwarfed by next year's 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcaster spectrum.
Verizon Wireless is not talking to Dish Network about any kind of deal, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
According to new maps from Mosaik Solutions, Verizon Wireless could be subject to bidding restrictions across virtually the entire country in the FCC's 600 MHz auction next year. Meanwhile, AT&T Mobility could face restrictions in locations across wide portions of the West and East Coasts, but not in the central part of the country. The maps from Mosaik, provided exclusively to FierceWireless, provide the clearest view yet as to exactly how the FCC's 600 MHz auction rules will affect the nation's two largest wireless carriers.
Now that AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV is official, and the FCC's rules for the spectrum screen and the 600 MHz auction are finalized, the merger-and-acquisition landscape in the wireless industry is now much, much clearer. Specifically, the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US appears significantly more daunting, and a Verizon purchase of Dish Network's spectrum appears somewhat more likely.
AT&T's announcement that it will buy DirecTV in a $49 billion deal leaves Dish Network once again without a potential partner or suitor. However, analysts say the deal could be what pushes Dish and its Chairman Charlie Ergen to find a long-term wireless partner.
Verizon Wireless confirmed it is starting to market its LTE network running on its AWS spectrum as an "XLTE" network, providing more capacity to customers.
A top T-Mobile US executive said that the carrier plans to make more "uncarrier" announcements throughout this year and next year in an effort to shake up the industry and maintain its momentum in the market. T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter also said the operator sees low-band spectrum as "very important" to its future, and is very interested in the FCC's upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcaster spectrum.
Verizon Wireless announced new More Everything pricing for business users, allowing teams of up to 50 people to share up to 100 GB of data.
According to new predictions from Ben Schachter at Macquarie Research, around 43 percent of all smartphones sold by the end of this year will be paid for through handset financing plans and not through traditional wireless carrier subsidies.
AT&T Mobility said it plans to purchase between 20 MHz and 40 MHz of spectrum in the FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction of broadcast TV spectrum, set for next year, if the auction entices enough broadcasters to participate. However, Verizon Wireless said only that the FCC has made "progress" on the rules for the auction, comments likely reflecting the carrier's displeasure with auction rules designed to limit the amount of 600 MHz spectrum AT&T and Verizon can acquire during the auction.