After having acquired nearly $8 billion worth of low band 600 MegaHertz airwaves, the third biggest wireless carrier in America has not put itself in a good position to further strengthen its current network coverage, and continue to close the gap between itself and industry leaders Verizon Wireless (refer to this post for further reading) and AT&
T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast have emerged as the top three bidders in the incentive spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Major US wireless carrier T-Mobile committed the most money, bidding almost $8 billion in order to get its hands on 600 MegaHertz airwaves. According to T-Mobile officials, the mobile operator is looking to take full advantage of the 600 MegaHertz spectrum it has acquired as early as within the year. Dish Network continues to expand its already formidable midrange airwave portfolio by ponying up $6.2 billion. Dish has made no secret of its plans to establish an NB-IoT (Narrow Band - Internet of Things) network. As for Comcast, the cable TV giant has bid $1.7 billion.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently revealed that it will now have the capability to provide a very generous 126 MegaHertz (which is equivalent to 10 paired blocks) of licensed spectrum almost covering the entire country in the forward section of its 600 MegaHertz incentive auction. This is certainly a win for Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, and this move has the potential of setting up an opportunity for a new mobile network service provider to launch its operations here in the United States.
T-Mobile has always talked about continuously finding ways to improve its wireless coverage and ultimately build a truly nationwide mobile network. Well, its latest move puts the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States closer to achieving that goal. The company has just announced that it had acquired more of the spectrum in the low frequency 700 MegaHertz bands. T-Mobile has plans to take advantage of the spectrum it purchased in the next 12 months or so, specifically stating that it is aiming to provide network coverage for 48 million more mobile users in America.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially denied T-Mobile’s request for more radio airwaves in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum happening in 2016. All five of the commissioners on the FCC voted unanimously to stick with the same spectrum reserve set up it adopted in 2014 for the auction, which will likely happen on March of next year.
Despite urgings from companies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided not to increase the spectrum reserve for the upcoming spectrum auction happening in 2016. This means that those parties (especially T-Mobile) will just have to do with the current amount of reserved airwaves when they participate in next year's wireless auction, which could be the last the FCC is expected to hold for a long time.
John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, is encouraging mobile consumers to contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and pressure the agency to establish better rules in its next wireless spectrum auction set for the first half of 2016. According to Legere, hopefully with consumer feedback, regulators will be swayed to adopt more favorable rules that guarantee fair competition for wireless carriers in the future.
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