T-Mobile might be positioning themselves to purchase that spectrum — said to be worth about $4 billion — but they may have company.
announced a program to take unused TV spectrum whitespace, and repurpose it for use. By creating a spectrum database, Google hopes to allow third parties to use spectrum as needed, and let device manufacturers let the database know when there is unused whitespace available.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have closed a business deal that will see the companies swap some 4G LTE. In a deal reportedly worth roughly $1.9 billion, AT&T has just bought tons of spectrum from Verizon Wireless. The two first agreed to the deal back in January as Verizon was snapping up spectrum from others, and now it's a done deal. Read on to see how this will improve AT&T's offering.
T-Mobile is currently in the process of acquiring 10MHz of AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum from US Cellular. This is said to be a cash deal for $308 million and it will help T-Mobile further expand the reach of their 4G LTE network. This acquisition is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2013 and the spectrum covers some of the Mississippi Valley Region.
Mohave Wireless, it looks like Verizon Wireless is making another spectrum grab. The latest is from Clearwire and based on recent reports, Big Red has come forward with an offer that is upwards of $1.5 billion. The details of the offer began last week, however initially, the company that offered the $1.5 billion was simply referred to a Party J.
Google has begun a 45-day FCC trial in an effort to become certified as a TV White Spaces Database Administrator. Basically, this means Google will be working to make more spectrum available. As part of this trial, Google has launched a Spectrum Database website that offers a look at everything from telling us what spectrum is, to talking about how it is restricted but also shared. In fact, Google's database will allow people to share spectrum.
Verizon updated the LG Spectrum to Ice Cream Sandwich back in October and it looks like details for another software update have recently been posted. And while we would be happy to report this update was brining Jelly Bean, that is not the case. Of course, we are not all that certain any Spectrum users are expecting that anyway. Needless to say, this update still seem worthwhile and one that you will likely want to grab.
Verizon have agreed to sell off about $1.9 billion worth of network spectrum to their friendly foes at AT&T. The deal will see Verizon transfer 39 700MHz spectrums to AT&T, while gaining some AWS for themselves.
AT&T and Alltel announced the plan to swap some more network spectrum in a deal that will net AT&T about 600,000 wireless customers and cost $780 million. AT&T is continuing their efforts to expand and increase their 4G LTE network and rollout, and this is just one of many steps they'll be taking in 2013.