"We have more coverage than all of our competitors combined," Verizon CFO Fran Shammo recently proclaimed after giving an update on the company's LTE network build that included announcing that the build would be completed six months ahead of schedule. The company also has more spectrum than they need, and is getting ready for a sale the company promised if their deal with the cable industry saw regulatory approval. The spectrum, acquired in 2008's AWS auction, exists in the 700 MHz Lower A and B Block spectrum, while Verizon's LTE network uses 700 MHz upper C spectrum. According to Shammo, the spectrum sale should occur in the first quarter of next year, and that the company is having "very serious discussions" about the spectrum. Verizon previously stated that 64 companies were interested in the spectrum, though it will of course go to the company with the deepest pockets -- most likely AT&T.
Google already bought Motorola. I wouldn't be surprised to see them go after the result of the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger.
Google getting into the cellular market would be very good for consumers. I think of Google as being more of a political agenda than a company -- making money is just something they do on the side. Look at what Google did to influence the wireless spectrum auction.
Google has the financial backbone to do what T-Mobile can't do on its own. I would like to see Google do to the wireless industry to what they're doing to the broadband market in Kansas City. Break down the barriers of innovation and force companies to be more consumer friendly.
All spectrum sales need to have a condition that if there is no build plan filed within 30 days of purchase for approved use of that spectrum within, say, a 24-month time frame, the owner loses the license to the spectrum with no monetary compensation.
Basically anything to keep companies from squatting on spectrum just to keep the competitors out and/or the prices artificially inflated and prohibitive for new competition.
So what happens to the condition that this spectrum is to be used by mid '13? If the FCC lets this sale happen they are completely useless and might as well just let these companies do whatever they want.
Yes, I've seen that they bought the A, B and C blocks and only used the upper C. Held on to the others so that no one else could use it. Now they're so kind as to sell the A and B to the highest bidder since their buildout timeframe is expiring quickly
But Apple looking to screw over Google purchases it instead. Screams and Lamentations of the four letter kind are to be heard at Google HQ, Apple hearing this just smiles. -- I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain in Eruption
For a while, it was looking like Verizon was going to absolutely dominate over AT&T, and be able to corner the market on LTE. Now this, combined with AT&T buying up a ton of SMH from other companies means they will be in similar positions spectrum wise.
I guess someone at Verizon finally realized that the lower and upper blocks can't be used by the same devices... ooops. Although AT&T doesn't currently support Lower A, it would be easy to add to future phones, and plays nice with their Lower B and C deployments.