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T-Mobile, Verizon Spar Over Spectrum

Sarah Thomas
4/4/2012
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In an effort to corner the market for Long Term Evolution (LTE) spectrum, Verizon Wireless is misrepresenting its need for more spectrum and its efficiency in using it, T-Mobile US Inc. claims.

In a blog post Wednesday, T-Mobile Director of Government Affairs for Technology and Engineering Policy Steve Sharkey voiced his opposition to Verizon's bid for the cable companies' Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) licenses in the 1.7GHz band and poked holes in the carrier's claims to be two times as spectrally efficient as T-Mobile.

Sharkey explains that T-Mobile's spectrum holdings vary by market, making it unfair to compare against an absolute subscriber number. Verizon also includes the spectrum T-Mobile will eventually gain from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in its analysis, whilst excluding the AWS spectrum it could gain. And, it doesn't account for the fact that T-Mobile has more smartphone customers, he says. Finally, most of Verizon's spectrum is in the more efficient frequency bands below 1GHz, while all of T-Mobile’s spectrum is in bands above 1GHz.

"An analysis that takes these factors into account reveals that T-Mobile is actually more efficient than Verizon is in all five of the top markets, eight of the top-10 markets, and 31 of the top-49 markets, and that, on average, T-Mobile is 50 percent more efficient than Verizon in the top markets," Sharkey writes.

Sharkey also suggested that T-Mobile does a better job of using the spectrum it acquires immediately, while Verizon lets it sit idle, "in the case of AWS for five and a half years and counting," he said, adding that Verizon wants to lock down the last remaining block of available LTE-appropriate spectrum, despite its spectrum stockpile.

Why this matters
All of the wireless operators have decried a spectrum shortage, but their bid to acquire more of it has them duking it out with each other. Verizon has said only 5 percent of its customer base is on its LTE network at 700MHz, but that it'll need swift approval of the deal to avoid running out of LTE spectrum in some markets by 2013. But, T-Mobile says that repurposing its existing PCS and AWS bands for LTE isn't enough for it either -- it too needs more spectrum to deploy it nationwide and compete with its larger rivals.

The arguments sound eerily similar to those that Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and others expressed with regards to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s bid to acquire T-Mobile last year, which regulators ultimately blocked.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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12/5/2012 | 5:37:06 PM
re: T-Mobile, Verizon Spar Over Spectrum


Assuming Verizon is allowed to acquire the AWS spectrum from the cablecos, I'm wondering about interoperability with Verizon's existing 4G network operating in the 700 MHz band. The telcos have been saying they can't afford to offer smartphones that support more than so many spectrum bands. But it seems like Verizon will want devices that operate in either frequency band so they can roam and to gain other operational efficiencies.

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12/5/2012 | 5:37:06 PM
re: T-Mobile, Verizon Spar Over Spectrum


It seems a little odd, since it's been common knowledge for years that cable's AWS spectrum was not being used, but was being "cleared" for use. Any carrier could have made an offer for that spectrum at any time, expecially Sprint, who was initially part of Spectrumco but SOLD its share to the other partners. Now they're all screaming? Not sure I get it.

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