Wireless Industry News

The spectrum horse-trading continued this week ahead of planned license auctions, as AT&T and T-Mobile US filed forms to swap a number of PCS and AWS licenses.

The carriers said the proposed deals would allow for more efficient use of their respective spectrum licenses, as well as helps AT&T satisfy divestiture requirements tied to its recently closed acquisition of Leap Wireless. The more efficient use would come from the reduced need for guard bands between some licenses that are currently in place to prevent interference between services offered by both operators.

As noted in a T-Mobile US Reddit forum, the carriers made a filing with the Federal Communications Commission to swap the licenses across portions of 10 states, including Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky. As part of AT&T’s divestitures in gaining approval of the Leap deal, the carrier is giving up spectrum covering parts of Texas and Nevada. Read the article here