CEO of T-Mobile USA slams Verizon’s 700 MHz spectrum sale

A few days ago we wrote how Verizon’s proposed sale of its 700 MHz A and B spectrum licenses weren’t valuable. The largest wireless provider in the United States has being trying to woo the FCC into an approval of its acquisition of AWS spectrum it had attained from a consortium of cable operators, which includes Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Well, T-Mobile boss Philipp Humm has expressed not only his disapproval of VZW’s proposed sale of spectrum, but its acquisition of AWS spectrum from cable companies.

Last week, Humm along with other company execs had a meeting with Rick Kaplan, the chief of the FCC’s wireless bureau. In that meeting, T-Mobile pointed out how Verizon hasn’t used any of its AWS spectrum in the last six years. They also added that if Big Red is given more spectrum “ … It would make no sense, and would be inconsistent with the commission’s charge to ensure that spectrum transfers serve the public interest, to allow Verizon to acquire additional AWS licenses, especially at this time of an industry wide spectrum crunch.” Furthermore, T-Mobile urged the FCC to consider the fact that handing more AWS spectrum to Verizon would harm competitors looking to deploy LTE.

Honestly, it’s hard to disagree with T-Mobile’s stance on this, as it would definitely effect Sprint and T-Mobile’s 4G LTE expansion. That said, you can’t blame Big Red for trying to cannibalize its competition by taking as much spectrum from private companies as it can. The reality is, all wireless providers are battling for small amounts of spectrum, while the government continues to sit on more than half of the spectrum available — something needs to change.

[via FierceWireless]

  • Anonymous

    This is a bigger issue than most people realize. Lower frequency like 700MHz travel farther and penetrate walls more at the same transmission power as that of higher frequency. This means less towers—Verizon does the same coverage with  1/10 the towers of the other providers already. The 700MHz wave form “cooks” you less than higher frequency like 2.4, so it is a health issue. Opportunity and keeping the playing field level is what government needs to do —and then get out of the way. The myriad of devices that could work well in this spectrum is daunting—it is almost like a rebirth of the digital age itself as it would allow the world to develop in a relatively virgin clean 700MHz arena with the benefit of knowing the mistakes made in the other spectrums. Telephony and other wireless products would proliferate so that means from the semi conductors on up to finished devices an industry would be born.

  • Eric

    Affect: Verb. Meaning influence.Example: “to affect the outcome”.
    Effect : dual meaning:
    Main use: Noun: Meaning: The outcome of an action. Example: “To produce an effect”
    but also: Verb: Meaning to make happen. Example “To effect the transition”

  • Jpb0072003

    You forgot to mention the “non-competitive” agreement offered between VZ and CATV along with this arrangement. The fact is building a fiber network costs C dollars and with $3k price point per residence, VZ will not wish  expend additiional  C resources for future builds in a competitive environment. Also, land line business is srinking and labor intensive to maintain.

  • Hassolanki

     i like it.

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