T-Mobile US has deployed a 20x20 MHz LTE network in Dallas, which should give the carrier additional capacity in that market as it prepares for a wider rollout of 20x20 MHz LTE service.
Verizon Wireless is planning to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum in the first half of 2014 to avoid potential capacity issues. That process includes seeding the customer base with AWS-capable devices, as well as deploying inbuilidng coverage and Distributed Antenna Systems, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission is moving the start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions to mid-2015 from a previously scheduled start of sometime in 2014 to make sure the agency gets the technology and policy correct. The decision could have major ramifications for how other spectrum auctions scheduled to take place before the incentive auctions proceed.
AT&T is considering buying Verizon Wireless' lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The result could be a bidding war between AT&T and T-Mobile US, which has reportedly also been interested in the airwaves.
Dish Network has officially registered its intent to bid in the FCC's upcoming 1900 MHz PCS H Block spectrum auction--and it is likely to secure a significant amount of licenses since it is the only major company planning to participate in the auction. If Dish is successful in winning H Block licenses, the company would notably improve its already significant spectrum portfolio.
The Competitive Carriers Association urged the FCC to form a special wireless competition task force to explore several key issues it argues are interrelated, such as spectrum aggregation and spectrum auctions. The issues the CCA wants the task force to look at are ones the group, which represents the interests of small carriers, has argued for in the past, but the CCA now says the FCC needs to look how the issues are connected.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated in his first major policy address as chairman that one of the agency's key goals is ensuring that all carriers have enough spectrum to compete and operate their networks.
According to a new report from New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin, Charlie Ergen's Dish Network could acquire the most spectrum of any company--around 60 MHz--over the course of the next year or so. If Dish is indeed successful in acquiring the spectrum, the company would own a spectrum war chest of as much as 100 MHz--positioning the company as a potentially major player in the wireless market.
The Department of Defense and the broadcasting industry struck a deal that will clear the way for the FCC to auction the 1755-1780 MHz band as part of the AWS-3 auction, a move long sought by the CTIA and wireless carriers clamoring for more airwaves.
T-Mobile US' rumored potential bid for Verizon Wireless' 700 MHz A Block spectrum, along with upcoming auctions of other airwaves, could prove to be a boon for tower companies, according to a financial analyst.