Monday, January 06, 2014

T-Mobile promises better national coverage

Recently T-Mobile is pushing to get some of Verizon’s 700Mhz A-Block spectrum which could cost almost $2.4 billion. This should help add additional coverage for 158 million people in 21 of the top 30 US markets including New York, LA, Atlanta and Dallas. The lower frequency band will make deployment to suburbs and rural areas easier because the 700Mhz band has better penetration requiring fewer towers to cover a wider area. In the deal T-Mobile will also be transferring about $950 million worth of spectrum to Verizon in several markets where they need to deploy AWS LTE for additional bandwidth. The only roadblock to the deal is the FCC and DOJ that will need to give final approval for the deal to go through.