Mobile, Dish, Comcast Emerge As FCC Auction Winners

In other words, T-Mobile and Sprint were the only companies able to pony up the cash to pay for the holdings, and Sprint wanted nothing to do with this auction.

Verizon's absence, and the strong showing from companies like Comcast that don't now operate cellular networks, is a sign of the changing telecommunications landscape.

"With this spectrum, we have further fuel to continue the skyrocketing growth at T-Mobile US", said Tim HoĢˆttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, about the results. Companies like Qualcomm will have to built out support in their modems and then push them into phones. This doesn't mean the carrier's service will improve over night, but it does give T-Mobile the opportunity to blanket the entire nation in LTE coverage.

Numerous television broadcasters relinquishing spectrum are doing so in duopoly markets where they own two stations.

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T-Mobile US bid Dollars 8 billion, saying the investment will quadruple its low-band holdings, Reuters reported.

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Meanwhile, AT&T spent less than $1 billion on licenses, while Verizon declined to bid.

Specifically, compared to AT&T and Verizon, the company's network is full of gaps in areas outside major cities - and often just outside - because it doesn't own a sufficient amount of the proper spectrum needed to close those gaps.

The two carriers accounted for most of the $19.8 billion in winning bids, the FCC said. As a result, wireless spectrum in the US has much different value prospects than in Europe, because companies can buy and sell it. T-Mobile US has taken advantage of this and purchased or swapped spectrum from competitors many times in the past in order to optimize its spectrum position.

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T-Mobile will be utilizing the spectrum later this year in parts of the country.

Dish Network, which has amassed almost 80 MHz of spectrum but has spent years looking for a wireless partner. A total of 14 megahertz of spectrum is available for unlicensed use and wireless microphones. T-Mo CTO Neville Ray has said that T-Mobile will begin deploying its new spectrum this year in both new and existing markets, but Ray didn't say which markets those will be. If you consider U.S. Cellular a rural carrier, they too fall into that category, having won $328 million worth of spectrum.

A total of 62 bidders participated in the FCC's auction.

In addition to providing better communication through walls and over long distances, more low-band spectrum in the 600 MHz range will enable wireless service providers to ease congestion and lay the groundwork for 5G connectivity, according to the FCC.

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