AT&T Mobility said it continues to work with several smaller carriers, likely including T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular, to create roaming between different 700 MHz band classes but is still encountering some hurdles. Nevertheless, in delivering a progress report on its 700 MHz interoperability efforts to the FCC, AT&T noted that it has turned on the feature in its network that lets its network operate simultaneously in both Band 12 and Band 17 and support devices in both band classes.
Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR have all confirmed that they plan to take part in France's auction of 700 MHz spectrum assignments after each operator filed an application with the French telecoms regulator.
T-Mobile US took a dig at Verizon Wireless with its newest TV commercial touting its expanding LTE coverage, tweaking Verizon's recent TV ad that featured geese. The new T-Mobile ad is meant to highlight its growing 700 MHz A Block deployment and improved coverage and in-building penetration.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said that the carrier's momentum on subscriber growth has continued in the third quarter, with the company besting all of the figures it posted in the second quarter. Legere also said that he thinks it's inevitable that there will be a convergence of the U.S. cable and wireless industries.
T-Mobile US has been the fastest-growing wireless carrier in the last few years, but even its outspoken and aggressive CEO John Legere acknowledges that in an industry where scale truly matters, the company needs more spectrum to effectively compete.
Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which the company said feature 3D Touch that "senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content." The devices also sport Retina HD displays, 7000 series aluminum, and 12-megapixel cameras. Importantly, the phones support fully 23 bands of LTE, including the 700 MHz band 12 that T-Mobile US is using and Sprint's 2.5 GHz carrier aggregation.
T-Mobile US is not forcing smartphone makers to drop support for its 700 MHz A Block spectrum using LTE Band 12, as some reports have indicated, but it does require that OEMs that want to include Band 12 support also support Voice over LTE and E911 capabilities.
French regulator Arcep invited bidders to submit their applications to take part in an auction of 700-MHz spectrum, kicking off a process that the French government hopes will raise at least €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) for state coffers.
AT&T Mobility said the FCC should approve its purchase of 700 MHz spectrum from East Kentucky Network, which does business as Appalachian Wireless, and that T-Mobile US' petition to block the deal is groundless.
T-Mobile US' battle with AT&T Mobility over the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves--and over access to low-band spectrum generally--moved into a new venue. T-Mobile asked the FCC to block AT&T's deal to buy some 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, arguing that with the deal "AT&T will prove far more able to exclude competitors, raise their costs, damage their businesses and ultimately lessen competition" in the markets in question.