Just this week in the capital city of Portugal, members of the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) had ratified the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specification, marking the completion of the first ever implementable 5G NR standard. In line with this latest development, major US wireless carrier Sprint has revealed today that its 2.5 GigaHertz spectrum band is included in the newly formalized NSA 5G NR spec.
T-Mobile has recently filed a plan (by way of an ex parte filing) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to roll out its fast 600 MegaHertz airwaves for wireless broadband. The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States is looking to cover more than a million square miles of America with 600 MegaHertz service by the start of 2018.
According to Straight Path, it had very recently struck a merger agreement that will have Verizon Wireless pay an estimated $3.1 billion in an all stock transaction in order to acquire the wireless spectrum holder. By securing this deal, the Big Red has effectively managed to outbid rival AT&T for Straight Path’s spectrum. Apart from the $3.1 billion sum, Verizon will also be paying a termination fee in the amount of $38 million to AT&T.
Less than a year since it spent around $420 million in order to acquire 700 MegaHertz airwaves, T-Mobile is now debuting wireless service in that spectrum band in the city of Chicago. Branded as “Extended Range LTE,” the service is being rolled out to the Windy City’s downtown, suburban, and outlying areas. Moreover, the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States has revealed that it is planning to launch over 40 T-Mobile and MetroPCS (a prepaid arm of T-Mobile’s) outlets within the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding areas.
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&
Just this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had taken the opportunity to announce the results of its 600 MegaHertz incentive spectrum auction. T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast came out as the top bidders. But perhaps some were wondering why the biggest mobile operator in America -- Verizon Wireless -- did not buy any airwaves.
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.
Just this week, wireless carrier AT&T has revealed a deal that would give shareholders of Straight Path Communications $1.25 billion (or an equivalent of $95.63 a share) in AT&T stock for the communications asset firm. When including the penalties Straight Path owes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the total value of the deal is $1.6 billion.
According to Wells Fargo Securities (as picked up by Fierce Wireless), more than 40 percent of Sprint’s total network traffic is being carried on its 2.5 GigaHertz airwaves, with the fourth biggest wireless carrier in the United States not showing any signs of significant congestion lately. The mobile service provider had taken some flak over the last few months for lowering its spending on network infrastructure. Sprint had been trying to densify its network by rolling out small cells from the vendor Mobilitie.
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.
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