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Verizon and AT&T opposed to splitting AWS-3 auction between paired & unpaired spectrum


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Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) and Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.

 

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T-Mobile wants the FCC to treat the unpaired 1695-1710 MHz spectrum differently from the paired 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz bands. In an FCC filing, the carrier argued that not only will licensees in these bands "have different technical requirements, but they will also have different obligations with respect to coordination with federal users. The different requirements and configuration of these bands mean that they are not substitutes for each other."

 

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/verizon-att-oppose-dish-t-mobiles-plans-split-aws-3-auction/2014-07-18

 

Why would T-Mobile be interested in the unpaired spectrum? I don't know that it can be turned into downlink easily. Can it? If it stays as an uplink then the only ones that could be interested would be Dish which would then pair it with their 2180-2200MHz spectrum. The reserve price for the unpaired band is only  $579,775,900. If it's only Dish bidding, then Dish would have gotten some decent spectrum for about $6B. Am I totally understanding this wrong? A.J., Milan, Neil, or anybody else care to enlighten me?

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Why Dish network is talking about spectrum when they haven't even begun building a network. This is what piss me off, companies like Dish wants to grab more airwaves when they don't even have a network in place.

 

Then I hear Dish talking about the 600mhz auction which to me they should be blocked from bidding on it. I don't want sprint to cut deals with Uncle Charlie when he was responsible for driving up the clearwire price.

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Why Dish network is talking about spectrum when they haven't even begun building a network. This is what piss me off, companies like Dish wants to grab more airwaves when they don't even have a network in place.

 

Then I hear Dish talking about the 600mhz auction which to me they should be blocked from bidding on it. I don't want sprint to cut deals with Uncle Charlie when he was responsible for driving up the clearwire price.

Emotion has no place in business. Sprint can only look at the bottom line. If the bottom line makes sense then they should do it. When egos get involved, bad decisions are made.  Dish made a play for Clearwire not to drive the price for Sprint but because they wanted Clearwire's spectrum on the cheap. That the way DishErgen operates. 

 

If hosting Dish's spectrum makes the approval of the merger easier, then Sprint should do it. If swapping some spectrum with Dish makes financial and strategic sense, then they should do it. 

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What can Dish Network do with AWS-3? What exactly are their plans? They need to stop hoarding spectrum. Sprint is only sitting on their sliver of 900Mhz.

They want the 1695-1710MHz uplink to pair with their 2180-2200MHz downlink. As part of bidding for PCS block H they got a waiver from the FCC to use the 2000-2020MHz uplink, that was formerly paired with 2180-2200MHz, as a downlink. PCS H + 2000-2020 will give them a 25x5 allocation adjacent to Sprint's PCS G block. I bet that 25x5 block is pretty interesting to Sprint. I can foresee a lot of potential horsetrading between Sprint and Dish when it comes to spectrum and/or hosting that spectrum. I don't think that Dish is interested in becoming a 5th carrier. I think they want to use Sprint's EBS for VOD and TV Everywhere as well as fixed broadband they can then sell to their own customers.

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