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It won't speed up the deployment, no. However it will give Sprint more spectrum in those markets. Which means that their network will be stronger than it would have been otherwise. So it's a good thing.

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I wonder how many more deals like this before Sprint can do a 10x10 deployment in the 1900 Mhz band?

 

They are not planning on doing a 10x10 deployment. They will do several 5x5 carriers. That was the plan all along.

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They are not planning on doing a 10x10 deployment. They will do several 5x5 carriers. That was the plan all along.

 

Wouldn't be so sure on that. If they get PCS H like they want it, they'll probably do 10x10 in G+H. Pretty sure I read that somewhere official from Sprint.

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Wouldn't be so sure on that. If they get PCS H like they want it, they'll probably do 10x10 in G+H. Pretty sure I read that somewhere official from Sprint.

 

With the injection of funds by Softbank, Sprint should have no excuse to not be aggressive with a PCS H block spectrum auction. Sprint needs to nab as much H block spectrum as it can while it doesn't own Clearwire outright. Once Sprint buys out Clearwire, Sprint will have too much spectrum among the carriers.

 

It is smart for Sprint to only have controlling interest in Clearwire while this Softbank transaction and US Cellular deals close.

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There hasn't been any announcement of an imminent H Block auction that I'm aware of. It could be 5 years. It may even end up in AWS/S Band.

 

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A little off topic, but one only has to look at reasonably recent articles like this one just after the AWS auction to see how much things change! It was a really good read, and the fact that fact that small companies could buy AWS at 75% really looks like a terrible idea in retrospect. I also like how they talk about deploying VoIP on EVDO Rev. A to avoid having to deploy 1x. My how fast things change! These carriers weren't thinking at all about 4g when they bought up AWS. Heck I didn't know Sprint was a founder of Spectrumco until just after this auction.

 

Oh and Verizon still hasn't deployed anything on AWS and has no phones. Crazy they were allowed to do that for so long!

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=99&p=1496

 

ps. I found this trying to learn more about Barat/King Street Wireless.

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Living in Champaign this deal sounds great to me. Sprint is quite spectrum-constrainted in many of the former iPCS markets and this seems to address that. More spectrum in Chicago can only be a good thing as well.

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Living in Champaign this deal sounds great to me. Sprint is quite spectrum-constrainted in many of the former iPCS markets and this seems to address that. More spectrum in Chicago can only be a good thing as well.

 

I live in Alton, 45 minutes from St. Louis. I'm glad that sprint is also doing this because it just means better and faster service for us.

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