AT&T Mobility received approval from the FCC to acquire a trove of new spectrum in the AWS and 2.3GHz WCS bands. By Phil Goldstein.
AT&T Mobility intends to use the new spectrum for LTE service in the years ahead. The telco had assembled the deals throughout the year and the FCC grouped them together and approved them all at once yesterday.
The carrier is getting spectrum from NextWave Wireless – which it announced plans to acquire in August for $600m – as well as from Comcast, Horizon Wi-Com and San Diego Gas & Electric Company.
AT&T acquired AWS and WCS spectrum in 608 cellular market areas, covering 82 per cent of the population of the continental US. AT&T wants to use the extra spectrum to add capacity to its LTE network, which currently runs mainly over its 700MHz spectrum.
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