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.
Spectrum is too valuable to be given away. However; a more sophisticated array of operations obligations and commitments could encourage more capital to be invested in improving mobile networks and services, and making them cheaper, rather than simply siphoning off as much money as possible from operators in auction proceeds for governments to spend on other programmes outside telecommunications.
German regulator Bundesnetzagentur revealed that bidding in the auction of frequencies for mobile network operators came to an end on Friday, with total bids exceeding €5 billion ($5.65 billion).
France plans to sell frequencies in the 700-MHz band to the country's four mobile operators by the end of 2015, and has set the total reserve price for the spectrum at almost €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion).
T-Mobile US has signed agreements with broadcasters to clear Channel 51 interference on its 700 MHz A Block spectrum in the New York City area, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
German regulator Bundesnetzagentur revealed bids in the country's auction of frequencies for mobile network operators have passed €2 billion ($2.19 billion) so far, easily beating the reserve price placed on the sale.
AT&T is on the hunt for more 700 MHz spectrum to fill coverage gaps in its footprint, a reminder that even though the carrier claims to have largely finished its LTE buildout it still plans to purchase additional spectrum to add coverage and capacity to its network.
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said that "a little over 50 percent" of T-Mobile's subscribers are on the carrier's family plans, and that those family plans cover an average of around 2.4 lines of service. He said the carrier sees "substantial opportunity" to sign up additional customers to T-Mobile's family plans, and he said the carrier will continue to offer "pulsed" family plan promotions in the future to do so.
AT&T Mobility said it will need to wait until it deploys Voice over LTE nationwide to support CDMA voice roaming on its 700 MHz spectrum.