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Report: T-Mobile Nears Verizon Spectrum Deal

Dan Jones
12/17/2013
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T-Mobile will reportedly soon close a spectrum deal with Verizon Wireless that will give it extra bandwidth covering 150 million people in the US.

Bloomberg reported that a person with knowledge of the process suggests the deal is close.

Verizon Wireless is said to be selling its rival operator its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum. T-Mobile US Inc. raised $3.8 billion in debt and stock sales recently to fund spectrum expansion.

Why this matters
Jim Alling, T-Mobile's chief operating officer, recently stressed the importance of T-Mobile getting low-band spectrum, so it can reach suburban and rural areas and improve in-building coverage. He said the carrier would explore any opportunity that arose, so this could just be its first.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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MordyK
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12/18/2013 | 1:27:48 PM
Re: Devices
for Rural its about coverage but for Urban it's about indoor penetration. I recently tried to transfer from AT&T to TMo and the indoor coverage 5 blocks from a tower was so bad I had to reconsider.
milan03
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12/18/2013 | 10:59:13 AM
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Verizon's 700A areas shouldn't have interference issues, but other rural areas could. Those rural areas should be much more important to T-Mobile since their network in rural areas is still EDGE. Just hoping T-Mobile goes after other licences owned by smaller operators, and covering rural America.
Dan@LightReadingMobile
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12/17/2013 | 10:00:53 PM
Re: Devices
True.


Also possibility of TV interference issues on the lower A block too.
pzernik
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12/17/2013 | 9:31:21 PM
Re: Devices
Hey Dan.  Don't yet jump the gun and believe all devices that support any 700MHz block are interoperatable.   Verizon is Upper C (B13). This is lower A (B12), There aren't any single devices which support both (not even the Iphone) - and not likely will be any soon.  The most likely scenario in the near term is the merging of B12 (U.S. Cellular) and B17 (AT&T) since they already overlap.
Dan@LightReadingMobile
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12/17/2013 | 5:45:50 PM
Devices
I guess T-Mobile would also get the benefit of Verizon's starting work with devices that support AWS and 700MHz spectrum too.
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