AT&T Admits There's No Spectrum Crisis
At Least Until The Next Time They Need Politicians to Do Something
You'll recall that during their bid to acquire T-Mobile, AT&T repeatedly insisted that there was a terrible spectrum crunch afoot
, and they simply would not be able
to deploy LTE nationally without gobbling up a major competitor. Roughly a year later and, as we illustrated yesterday
, AT&T has shown that they didn't need T-Mobile at all, and was perfectly able to go out and get the spectrum they needed elsewhere. AT&T has completed more than 40 spectrum deals in one year, showing there's really nothing deep pockets can't fix.
AT&T recently spent $1.9 billion to obtain Qualcom spectrum
, another $600 to gobble up Nextwave
, while pursuing 51 Lower 700 MHz Band B Block licenses, four Lower 700 MHz Band C Block licenses and six AWS licenses all owned by CenturyLink's CenturyTel Broadband Wireless subsidiary. It looks like AT&T has also now struck a new deal
with Broadband Wireless Unlimited for 700MHz spectrum in several markets around the country.
Speaking to analysts, AT&T's chief strategy officer John Stankey yesterday acknowledged the company is now well-positioned on the spectrum front -- even before
the company starts moving on their new plan to use WCS spectrum for LTE deployment
"Even under ideal circumstances, getting new spectrum on the market in the next five to seven years is aggressive," Stankey said. "But what we do know is that AT&T is well-positioned now...These deals give us confidence that we can meet our LTE objectives for next two years and they will allow us to deliver competitive performance."
AT&T has a long history of over-emphasizing capacity and spectrum constraints in order to get what they want from regulators and politicians. Capacity was the primary justification for the company's decision to impose overage penalties on DSL users
, despite absolutely no evidence
those networks experience meaningful congestion. You should note there is never
hard evidence provided by AT&T on this front, but somehow that doesn't stop the technology press from parroting chicken little.
Spectrum capacity is also used as a bogeyman, despite the fact that there isn't so much a crisis as there is an inefficient use of existing spectrum
-- with AT&T being a major culprit due to their sluggish refarming of 2G spectrum for LTE. While AT&T and Verizon certainly need spectrum -- the pretense that there's a constant "crisis" helps both companies gobble up more than their fair share of this supposedly-publicly-owned resource, reducing competitive market threats.
So the spectrum crisis has been solved -- at least until AT&T once again needs to scare politicians and a gullible press into giving the company what it wants. It should be particularly interesting to see what new bogeyman rears its head when AT&T begins chipping away at regulations
so they can hang up on 25% of their DSL users they're simply unwilling to upgrade.
said by SunnyD:And everyone, except the big corporate haters, says there is and will be a spectrum crunch. So AT&T is just making sure the spectrum shortage doesn't affect them. Good planning on their part.
Still, AT&T could just as easily spin those 40-some-odd deals into "See, there was a spectrum crunch. By not approving the merger, you just made us look elsewhere for the spectrum."
Impeach Obama and tie up government for next 2 yrs
said by The Limit:Not necessarily. LTE protocol supports many different spectrum bands. Rural point-to-point connections to replace wireline could use frequencies not conducive to mobile use. Usage of non-mobile frequencies for landline replacement wouldn't conflict with mobile spectrum requirements and any spectrum crunch for mobile use.
So you would agree that using LTE as an alternative to wireline service is not feasible, seeing as this spectrum crunch is looming over our heads.
Impeach Obama and tie up government for next 2 yrs
said by The Limit:That isn't what I said. But you will believe what you want no matter what anyone says anyway.
In other words, there's no spectrum crunch.
Sigh Why is it that haters insist on there be a spectrum crunch BEFORE companies can act? That's like the morons that prepared for Sandy when it was an few hours away. How did that turn out for them? Are people that prepares for hurricane season in May stupid to you even though there is no threat of a hurricane and may not be one? Or are they being practical?
said by 88615298:Why is it the people who want to let corporate Amerika run roughshod and rip off people for all they are worth call those that want a semblance of honesty and truth to enter the discussion "haters"? There will some day be an oil shortage, so effective tomorrow Exon will be charging YOU $175.00 per gallon of gasoline and limit you to 3 gallons per week. I suppose you're fine with that too.
Why is it that haters insist on there be a spectrum crunch BEFORE companies can act? That's like the morons that prepared for Sandy when it was an few hours away. How did that turn out for them? Are people that prepares for hurricane season in May stupid to you even though there is no threat of a hurricane and may not be one? Or are they being practical?
Isn't it sad that those that raise their right hand and swear "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America" are usually the ones most likely to trash it.
said by meeeeeeeeee:+1. I like that description
Why is it the people who want to let corporate Amerika run roughshod and rip off people for all they are worth call those that want a semblance of honesty and truth to enter the discussion "haters"?
| |said by 88615298:Because radio spectrum is finite and the available spectrum (except what's hoarded) is already being used by someone. If you have hurricane shutters, you wouldn't like it if the government said we have to take the hurricane shutters from your house because protecting this richer person's house is more important.
Why is it that haters insist on there be a spectrum crunch BEFORE companies can act?
Randell Stephenson.... Greedy money grubber.
said by cork1958:The CEO at AT&T, Randall Stephenson is greedy little prick and he certainly has gathered together a fine gaggle of lobbyists to cheat the regulations and get them changed as well.
AT&T is one of the few businesses that can actually get away with and might even be better at lying, even more than our own government!!
I made sure to tell the door to door folks that came around trying to pedal U verse that they should tell Mr. Stephenson that I'm not interested in purchasing service from a company that cannot even provide reasonable customer service. I had signed up for DSL and there was an issue with a broken NID on the outside post (AT&T's obligation to repair) I set up an appointment to have it replaced, and the service ticket was CANCELLED, called and they said they did not know why it was cancelled, made another service ticket for the repair, and it too was cancelled! Tried another time, and again the appointment was cancelled!!! OUTRAGEOUS!
I never even was able to have service and luckily I was able to cancel the start of the service before I was billed.
Funny how AT&T has plenty of help to lobby things their way but not enough help or competent help in customer service and repair.
WHAT A JOKE !!!
Randell .... you little money grubbing urchin.