& cplSiteName &

T-Mobile: Channel-51 Interference a Non-Issue

Sarah Thomas
1/6/2014
50%
50%

Interference with the channel 51 broadcast TV spectrum is a big concern in the low bands, but T-Mobile says its new 700 Mhz footprint will affect less than half of the population it will cover when it closes its acquisition of Verizon's block A assets.

In a conference call discussing T-Mobile US Inc. 's bid to acquire $2.3 billion worth of lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless , T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that the acquisition will give the carrier low-band spectrum covering 150 million people in major markets like NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, DC, and Detroit, and that more than half of the population covered will be outside of channel 51's range. (See T-Mobile Spends $2.4B on Verizon Spectrum .)

Channel 51 is the broadcast TV channel that's adjacent to the lower A block portion of the 700 MHz frequency band. It has caused significant interference issues in the past and is the reason AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) used to cite for not supporting band 12 in its devices. AT&T changed its tune back in September, and now T-Mobile is downplaying the issue as well. (See AT&T Closes $1.9B Verizon Spectrum Buy.)

Legere said that T-Mobile has more than 15,000 cell sites outside of channel 51 markets, and it will be able to begin deploying service on it in several major markets just as soon as the Verizon deal closes. CTO Neville Ray also added that there are mitigation techniques available today that will help further shrink the impacted areas.

"These interference issues will be fully resolved in the near- to mid-future," Legere said on the call, adding that FCC actions should also help the issue.

AT&T is also working on achieving interoperability in the 700 MHz bands, which Ray said makes the A-block licenses much easier to deploy. He said the carrier is keen to partner with AT&T and others to grow the compatible handset ecosystem and promised initial devices that support the A-block on T-Mobile before the end of the year.

"This isn't a new band we need to push through 3GPP and get approval on," Ray noted. "It's out there, and we can move quickly on it. It's a fairly mature marketplace in the US."

He added that there are already multiple options on antenna sizes and form factors, and that T-Mobile has a lot of flexibility in how it attacks growing the ecosystem. BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk agrees that low-band interference issues aren't as significant as they once were, but his optimism for T-Mobile is tempered by the size of its bet on the low band.

"The interop deal should help to get vendors on board for developing the products that work with these interference issues," Piecyk tells Light Reading. "But it's hard to ignore the lack of networks that have been built since this spectrum was auctioned in 2008 and the cheaper price paid relative to the adjacent B-Block spectrum."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
1/6/2014 | 3:19:28 PM
Biggest uncarrier move yet
All the T-Mo men called this transaction the biggest in T-Mobile's history. They say it will result in a net gain in its spectrum position in major markets, complement its mid-band spectrum, cover 70% of its customer base, and improve its gross-add prospects.

And, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter also reiterated that the AWS and PCS spectrum it will transfer to Verizon as part of the deal will not impede its "ability to roll out 20x20 LTE to 90% of the top metro areas in 2014 and beyond."
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
MWC17: 5G, Cloud RAN & More

2|21|17   |   04:35   |   (0) comments


Ovum Senior Analyst Julian Bright talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about all things MWC, including Cloud RAN, Huawei's pitch to the industry and the road to 5G.
LRTV Interviews
MWC 2017's Key 2-Letter Terms

2|20|17   |   08:29   |   (1) comment


5G, AI, VR... these are just some of the two-letter terms that will dominate show-floor chat at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, according to these two blow-hards (a.k.a. Scott Bicheno of Telecoms.com and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre). And then there's PB...
LRTV Interviews
Key Trends for Mobile Operators in Developing Markets

2|20|17   |   06:37   |   (0) comments


Ovum's Matthew Reed talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about the challenges and opportunities facing mobile operators in the developing markets of Africa and the Middle East.
LRTV Documentaries
YouTube Takes on Facebook Live-Streaming

2|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


Popular 'YouTubers' will be the first to get the new service on their smartphones. You have been warned.
LRTV Custom TV
Open Source NFV/SDN Automation

2|17|17   |   05:54   |   (0) comments


AT&T ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) code is transitioning into the Linux Foundation for placement into open source. In this video, Carol Wilson provides an update on the maturation of open source ECOMP and meets with industry leaders from AT&T, Bell Canada, Orange, Linux Foundation and Amdocs to discuss what this means for the ...
LRTV Documentaries
Uber & NASA Collaborate on Flying Car Project

2|16|17   |     |   (0) comments


Is Uber for real? Well, it's hired NASA engineer Mark Moore to lead the project, and he wouldn't come cheap.
LRTV Documentaries
Zuckerberg Tries Out the Oculus Rift VR Glove

2|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Facebook CEO shows off a new way to interact with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset: an Oculus glove.
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei Digital Transformation Forum 2017

2|10|17   |     |   (0) comments


Here's a preview of the upcoming Huawei Digital Transformation Forum taking place in Barcelona with trending telecom topics like cloud, IoT, 5G and much more!
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Dan Sahar of Qwilt on Open Edge Cloud Platform

2|8|17   |   08:38   |   (0) comments


Dan Sahar, Qwilt's co-founder, sits down with Steve Saunders of Light Reading for a conversation about Qwilt's Open Edge Cloud platform and the new role of service providers in application and content delivery.
LRTV Documentaries
ZeroStack's 'Self-Driving Cloud'

2|7|17   |   01:09   |   (0) comments


Its Z-Brain tech automates day-to-day management and long-term planning for hybrid clouds.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum's Craig Sprosts on DNS & Cybersecurity Trends

2|7|17   |     |   (0) comments


Nominum's Craig Sprosts talks about the fast-changing landscape of cybersecurity with Steve Saunders of Light Reading. Sprosts touches on the trend of the rise of ransomwares, rivals of IoT base attacks, and mobile network security. He also discusses the realization of the importance of IoT security after a recent cyber attack that paralyzed several major ...
LRTV Documentaries
China Moves Towards Mixed Ownership of Telcos

2|1|17   |   01:10   |   (0) comments


Chinese authorities are promoting new ownership models in order to raise capital.
Upcoming Live Events
March 21-22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Is the Time Right for a Cisco/Ericsson Wedding?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 2/17/2017
Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/21/2017
Nice to See at Least One CSP Taking My Advice
Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, 2/17/2017
Charter Launches 5G Field Trials
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/16/2017
RSAC 2017 in 4 Words
Curtis Franklin, Security Editor, 2/17/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Animals with Phones
No One Likes This Click Here
Take a hint!
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.