Spectrum acquisitions applicable to 42 million people across 18 states

In a deal that has taken over 8 months to complete, AT&T and Verizon have finalized a swap of spectrum and cash that will see AT&T pick up 700MHz licenses across several states in the US. Various 700MHz spectrum licenses are moving in AT&T's direction, while Verizon picks up $1.9 billion in cash in addition to AWS spectrum licenses in a handful markets. In the end AT&T will pick up 700MHz B block — aka the "lower" 700MHz band — spectrum in 18 states with the potential to cover 42 million people. The increased spectrum holdings should translate to higher speeds and better coverage for customers in these markets.

This lines up nicely with the news that was released this morning indicating that AT&T is ready to set up interoperability in the lower 700MHz bands for LTE, opening up the number of devices that will work on its network and the ability for it to strike roaming deals with other carriers. Hit the break for a full list of the states and markets where spectrum is changing hands between the carriers.

States where AT&T gained lower 700MHz spectrum:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wyoming.

Markets where Verizon gained AWS spectrum:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Fresno, California
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Portland, Oregon

Source: AT&T


Reader comments

AT&T closes $1.9 billion deal with Verizon for 700MHz spectrum


Yeah, this seems like a fairly neutral trade between the two- one gets more of the spectrum it needs, the other gets cash (what huge corp. doesn't love that haha) and some spectrum in a different band to be used in other markets.

If verizon doesn't need or can't use the spectrum, shouldn't it go back to the FCC and then the FCC should auction it off for lease again? I thought there were rules for spectrum that is not being used or can't be implemented into the carriers network and that they forfeit it after a certain amount of time.

Technically that spectrum is owned by the American citizens and leased by the FCC on our behalf. The carriers don't own our airwaves. The FCC really needs to implement heavier regulations on the telecommunications industry.

Well if Verizon sold it most likely not a big deal fori ts customers. Maybe an upgrade for att though? Who knows! Over all lets hope for everyone all around!

Hopefully this isn't the spectrum that big V bought from Google and will start clamping down on rooted tether users.

If anything this MAY be the spectrum that will require AT&T to allow tethering on all of its tiered plans like Verizon was forced to.

It does. It has Motorola Mobility. As for Wireless Service, I don't know if that would be a worthy endeavor at the moment. I'd rather want Google Fiber everywhere. :P

eah thats what i mean wireless service lol..then they can offer lte 50 a month unlimited everything..boooom

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Wasn't there are rumor going around a few months back that Google might start it's own mobile service?

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Dish/ Google carrier was proposed and then any information fell off the earth in true google fashion. I think Google may have been bank rolling Dish for a while their when they were trying to buy up as much spectrum as possible to add to their own network.

It was originally announced that Dish would try and have their network starting by the end of 2013, but no new news has been given on any time frame or how far along they are from their initial projections or whether or not Google is still or are going to be partners.

But Google did acquire lte approval from the FCC just for their campus to test out spectrum which I think was the same as Dish was going to use or similar somehow to lead on rumors that a partnership may still be going on.

I too would like to see a Google carrier and watch them shake things up, hopefully

you have a marketing fed notion of how great wireless 'networks' are. They are crap and always will be. The only reason they can carry the amount of data that they do is because of the internet (built with WIRED networks). In short, if you relied on wireless for your home internet needs, I feel sorry for you.

I already tried that with wimax/clearwire- it was hopeless. Even with a very short list of customers, the network wasn't able to handle any traffic and they had to throttle everyone until they left. Wireless, esp LTE is very inefficient and the best it can do is carry your 'packets' to the nearest tower huffing and puffing and throttling and then allow the real network to take over.

I'm in SD on Verizon. Have been considering switching to AT&T so I can get a Nexus phone. This should make it easier switching, correct?

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Well considering AT&T already offered service in SD before this, new spectrum doesn't mean much of a difference — you can use the same phones tomorrow as you could yesterday. All this offers is more capacity in the markets where the spectrum is applied.

This is great news for at&t customers. Their coverage in the states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, New mexico, Colorado etc is hitherto poor and they rely mainly on roaming partners. That should greatly improve, hopefully, if they actually start building/acquiring networks there.