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The race has long been on, but the US government is about to begin doling out high-band 5G spectrum out to all interested telecoms.
T-Mobile took 45 percent of the spectrum offered at the 600MHz and it thinks it can paint a million square miles of its licensed space starting this year.
The Un-carrier has logged at least one million new customers per quarter for the past four years since the first two-year contract was shredded.
The CEO of T-Mobile is getting a whole bunch of spectrum that will help it penetrate the country with LTE where it hasn't been before.
With TV stations ceding spectrum to wireless internet providers, we're now left with a conversion timeline that's steeped in dispute.
From April, it will take 39 months for the TV industry to pack up and head out of the 600MHz airwaves in order for internet providers to move in.
Well, at least the process can be called over. Wireless operators are still bidding for the next week on TV broadcasters' spectrum.
TV broadcasters which currently hold the spectrum had asked for $40 billion of the wireless industry. The industry bid less than it did in the second round.
Not enough bidding took place for TV broadcasters' airwaves in the US's densest-populated markets to allow the FCC's auctioning process to continue.
All together, broadcasters want some $86 billion for their valuable spectrum. Wireless service providers may provide way less than that. That's a problem.
The FCC will soon publicize how much money TV broadcasters want for their precious spectrum. It's up to bidders to meet that target, or else.
An executive at the Un-carrier believes so. He's thinking that broadcasters will want to sort out their spectrum so that they can get some auction money.
The auction is expected to take five months, but could end up going longer if conditions deteriorate. The impacts of this auction won't be seen for years.
Deutsche Telekom is infusing some cash into its subsidiary after it supposedly put plans to shop T-Mobile out on hold.
T-Mobile has been chasing tails from the beginning of this spectrum auction process. It’s been fortunate so far to have had a fairly clear berth from its smaller counterparts. It also claims to have up to $10 billion in its arsenal ready to bid — with more cash ready to go as the carrier sells some of its cell towers. Now, it’s once again going after the nation’s most popular network to put a cap on its quest for the 600MHz band.
Specifically, we’re talking about the reserve band of the 600MHz: approximately 40MHz of spectrum reserved for carriers that [...]
We’ve been talking for a bit about this spectrum auction that’s going to happen early next year. Everyone’s jockeying for the best position to either sell or buy pieces of the 600MHz block — the sellers are TV stations, the buyers are mobile network operators.
Wondering where all of this is coming from? Here’s a condensed history of the matter.TV
In the US, previous to mid-2009, the overwhelming majority of TV stations broadcasted on Very High Frequencies, or VHF channels (channels 2 to 13, with a top frequency of 216MHz). Smaller [...]
It’s been a while in the making and it’s going to be a while to follow it all. But as the fight for 600MHz is garnering a lot of attention and a lot of strongarming by T-Mobile, we’re keeping tabs on the latest bit of the US’s public airwaves to transition from broadcast TV use to cellular network traffic.
And the latest bit of news on that latest bit of airwaves is that the Federal Communications Commission has announced opening asking prices for TV stations’ spectrums.
Stations that currently broadcast near or in the 600MHz range have the [...]