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Sprint-Cable Group Weighs Options

Two weeks after capturing a big chunk of fresh wireless spectrum, a coalition of four top cable operators and Sprint Nextel Corp. plans to sit on it for a while until it figures out exactly what to do with it all.

SpectrumCo LLC -- the Sprint/MSO joint venture that takes in Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications Inc., and Advance/Newhouse Communications -- confirmed Thursday morning that it won advanced wireless spectrum licenses in 137 metro markets throughout the U.S. The consortium, which gained more licenses than all but one other bidder in the six-week auction, took home the prizes after pledging $2.37 billion in top bids to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In a joint press release, the five partners said the licenses "provide many options and significant flexibility as the SpectrumCo partners evolve their plans for wireless." But they declined to spell out which options they might pursue. Instead, they said they "will fully evaluate all options, including possible testing in limited markets," over the next few months.

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— Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

zwixard 12/5/2012 | 3:38:21 AM
re: Sprint-Cable Group Weighs Options "
Hard to believe that somebody spent more than 2 billion and doesn't know what they're going to do with their purchase...
"

Sprint-Nextel must be waiting to see how their current WiMAX plan plays out. If possitive, they will be the lowest cost operator.
Mark van der Hoek 12/5/2012 | 3:38:22 AM
re: Sprint-Cable Group Weighs Options All of the auction information is available at

http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctio...

If you want to dive into the nitty gritty details, download the final round XML file:

http://auctionresults.fcc.gov/...

Open it in Excel, and you'll find more information than you can process. :D

The "License" tab is probably the most useful page in that file.



Hard to believe that somebody spent more than 2 billion and doesn't know what they're going to do with their purchase...

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:38:30 AM
re: Sprint-Cable Group Weighs Options Sprint got more licenses than all but one other bidder. Who is that, T-mobile? What do they plan to do?

Yes, it's T-Mobile, and they're planning to roll out 3G services, probably using UMTS.

Unstrung got the scoop on it yesterday:
http://www.unstrung.com/docume...

... and I believe they're working on a followup story based on today's formal announcement from T-Mobile.
materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 3:38:31 AM
re: Sprint-Cable Group Weighs Options Sprint got more licenses than all but one other bidder. Who is that, T-mobile? What do they plan to do?
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