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T-Mobile to Raise $2 Billion for More Spectrum
by Karl Bode 04:39PM Tuesday Nov 12 2013
Part of T-Mobile's resurgence as the self-professed "uncarrier" was thanks to the billions in roaming agreements, cash, and spectrum the company nabbed as part of a break up fee for their failed deal with AT&T. Now as T-Mobile works to deploy a more robust LTE network, the company has announced a new stock offering that could infuse the company with $2 billion to be used on spectrum acquisitions.

The company intends to sell 66.15 million common shares in order to fund acquisition of numerous spectrum assets set for FCC auction -- most notably in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz bands, aka the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3) spectrum.

T-Mobile today stated they will not be bidding in the upcoming H Block spectrum auction scheduled for January 22.

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ssavoy
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600MHz

or bust
TBBroadband

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Re: 600MHz

The linked story never stated that they wouldn't bid on that.
snarf7

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used for?

Will these be used to enhance or expand
TBBroadband

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Re: used for?

2nd line of the linked story:

T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. mobile service provider, said it would sell 66.15 million common shares, or roughly 9 percent of its existing shares outstanding, and that it could use the proceeds to buy airwaves to bolster its network capacity for wireless data services.

cb14

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Re: used for?

One interesting detail: The parent company, DT( Deutsche Telekom) is shedding TMO US shares in fast pace. If they keep on going they soon won't be the majority stock holder. This way they will sell TMO US- something what did not work out when the take over by ATTea went bust.
Crookshanks

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It'll be used to enhance. Those of us in "flyover country" will still be left high and dry. T-Mobile holds PCS licenses across most of Upstate New York, yet their coverage in much of the area is roaming (AT&T) partner if you're lucky, and non-existent if you're not. Maybe the FCC should compel them to actually use these licenses or forfeit them to Verizon or AT&T; at least they've actually bothered to use the licenses they hold in these areas.

T-Mobile continues their practice of cherry picking the most profitable areas, with not a peep from the usual DSL-R suspects that scream bloody murder when Verizon does the same thing with FiOS.
TBBroadband

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Re: used for?

a pep from DSLR? LMAO! DSLR is a blog site that won't get any attention of anyone but the readers on here. But you do realize that AT&T and VZW both sit on large amounts of spectrum that they too are not using. But if you do not hold access to numbers in those areas then those customers are going to bitch and throw a fit when they have to call long distance to get their "friend next door".

Maybe you and BF9 from TN should get together and go picket TMO's office.
Crookshanks

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Re: used for?

What's your point? Verizon and AT&T don't use all of their licenses? So what? They use enough of those licenses to provide good coverage in my area, which is far more than I can say about T-Mobile.

Pull up a map of Upstate New York and you'll quickly note that Verizon has coverage across virtually the entire region (the big exception being the Adirondack preserve, for obvious reasons). T-Mobile holds at least one PCS license in every single Upstate County but they have zero native coverage (and in many cases no roaming partners) across much of the region. WTF? I've seen scant improvement in their native footprint since I last did business with them in 2007. Surely six years is enough time to improve things? The only explanation I can think of is that we just don't matter to them, which is fine, but I'm going to call them out for it when they leave millions of people to wither on the vine.

I have no desire to picket T-Mobile, I did business with them many years ago and aside from the pathetic coverage was quite happy with them. I just don't understand why they get a pass for redlining while Verizon is vilified for the same behavior.
crooked

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Re: used for?

Millions? There are hardly millions of people in WNY/Southern Tier that don't have 4G. Are there even a million people outside of Buffalo and Rochester in all of WNY? I know there are 135k in Chautauqua, 80k in Cattaragus, and 50k in Allegany County. Do the rest of the counties add up to a million?

Also, T-Mobile has native [2G] coverage in all of WNY/STNY. And roaming coverage on AT&T in most, if not all.

Network still sucks though there. Going to visit my parents in Jamestown is brutal. The network definitely sucks there, but exaggerating so ridiculously is not becoming or helpful to your point.

EDIT: Upon checking, they have 4G in some of those STNY counties too. Might be spotty, but it does exist and licenses are being used.
Crookshanks

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Re: used for?

There are millions of people in the areas across the country that T-Mobile has decided aren't worth building out to. Last I checked, Upstate NY wasn't the only part of the country they've ceded to Verizon and AT&T.
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Is that ACTUAL coverage of VZW or "extended" aka ROAMING. You do realize much of their network is just that right? Especially before Alltel. And "enough" LMAO! When do you decide how much is "enough" to build out to keep what they don't use.

Because they're NOT redlining. They do NOT have to service you at all. The same as any other provider. It comes down to ROI. Not worth it- not serving you. And those license in that area probably came from a merger or buy out of something else.
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Re: used for?

said by TBBroadband:

Is that ACTUAL coverage of VZW or "extended" aka ROAMING.

I've never hit a VZW roaming partner in New York State, which isn't to say that they don't use them, but AFAIK the network is all native around these parts. The last time I hit a VZW roaming partner was a small portion of my last road trip to New Hampshire. Previous to that was the stretch of I-81 through Maryland and West Virgina.

Of course, that's neither here nor there. Roaming partners don't bother me that much, except insofar as T-Mobile was never able to do seamless handoffs with their roaming partners, while VZW has always managed to do so in my experience. Perhaps that was a technological limitation of GSM vs. IS-95/IS-2000 and T-Mo has fixed it with their 3G/4G roaming partners. All I know is it was incredibly annoying to drop calls as I left the T-Mo native area, then have to wait for my phone to figure out it was okay to connect to AT&T before I could re-dial.

The way they used to set up their roaming agreements was also a PITA. You couldn't connect to AT&T in any AT&T LAC (location area code) that shared T-Mo native coverage, even if the native coverage didn't fully cover the LAC, so you'd end up with huge dead zones until you got far enough away from T-Mo's coverage area to be allowed to connect to AT&T. I suppose they did this so people couldn't force their phones to AT&T in native areas and ding T-Mo for roaming minutes, but it was still incredibly annoying to have to contend with 10-15 miles of dead zone on major interstate highways, to say nothing of more rural areas.

said by TBBroadband:

Because they're NOT redlining. They do NOT have to service you at all. The same as any other provider.

I'm glad we agree. So you'll be calling Karl out on his hypocrisy the next time he whines about Verizon "hanging up" on POTS and declining to roll FiOS out to smaller/medium markets, right?

jseymour

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Re: used for?

said by Crookshanks:

I'm glad we agree. So you'll be calling Karl out on his hypocrisy the next time he whines about Verizon "hanging up" on POTS and declining to roll FiOS out to smaller/medium markets, right?

Apples and oranges comparison. Aren't most, if not all of the areas VZW and "at&t" hanging up on under-served for those services? I know if the thing that calls itself "at&t" these days dropped POTS service here in S.E. Michigan, there'd be no more POTS service. Period. However: You won't see me bitching about "at&t" not running U-verse in my neighbourhood, because it is served by Comcast. (I'd prefer competition, but you can't have everything.)

Regardless of the carrier: There are areas they simply do not serve (yet), for whatever reason. My wife and I toured a portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula last summer. We were on Sprint at the time. Sprint roams on Verizon. Nonetheless: For the most part: Outside of major towns and cities: No coverage. Not just poor, but none.

What is it with you guys whining about T-Mobile's lack of coverage? I don't get it. If you have somebody covering the area you want: Use them, and shut up about it, already.

Jim
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Re: used for?

Well, Verizon and AT&T haven't actually "hung up" on anybody yet to my knowledge, with the exception of those areas hit by Sandy (and Big Red is coming around on that) which is hard to blame them for if you take a dispassionate view. They might want to abandon their legacy markets but they've yet to actually do it.

In my case it's less about whining and more about wondering why T-Mo gets a pass for cherry picking profitable markets while Verizon is condemned for doing the same with FIOS. One also has to wonder if T-Mo could sustain their below-market rates if they invested in rural America the same way Verizon has.

I seriously dislike Verizon's business practices, but it's hard to argue with the fact that my phone has signal in areas where none of my friends (even those on AT&T) do.

The sad thing is I really liked T-Mo when I did business with them. I put up with the dead zones because they were a comparative bargain (1,000 minutes w/unlimited text for $40/mo back when VZW had no unlimited text option and offered 450 minutes for the same price) and I was a broke 20-something. Their customer service was amazing, truly a pleasure to deal with, and light-years removed from Verizon's "take it or leave it" arrogance. I only left them because I moved in with my SO and had zero coverage at our new address, this being an address that was located in a significant local neighborhood with hundreds of homes (i.e., not the sticks), only two miles away from my old apartment which had perfect coverage.

To the best of my knowledge they still haven't rectified that coverage gap, nor allowed AT&T roaming in that area, six years after I quit doing business with them. As I said, we just aren't a priority for them, which is disappointing to say the least.

atcotr

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Enhance existing footprint obviously. T-Mobile hinted at actually offering rural coverage if and only if they got 600MHz licenses. But their MO is to focus on urban cores, and not a foot over city limits (lol).

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No 600mhz...

T-Mobile really could use some better long-range and in-building coverage. I can understand them wanting to own more AWS spectrum as it fits in closely with the rest of their spectrum...but they really do need something lower than 1900mhz.

(Granted, the 1900mhz seems to work pretty decently indoors, but not as strong as AT&T's 900mhz band service)

If I was in charge of T-Mobiles network, my first priority would be to fill in most of the EDGE holes in the network (esp towers serving towns/cities), then go and find more air bandwith.

They have been -slowly- eliminating the EDGE, although in a pattern I cant understand. They refarmed the countryside outside of my town, but the town is still EDGE only - so farmland gets 4G LTE, and the town of 7000 people gets EDGE. Makes 0 sense, but it probably means nearby towers are due to get the new equipment whenever they can get Fiber to site. They are probably replacing equipment in semi-rural places when its about to go kaput, rather than following any logical deployment.

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Re: No 600mhz...

said by Zenit:

They have been -slowly- eliminating the EDGE, although in a pattern I cant understand. They refarmed the countryside outside of my town, but the town is still EDGE only - so farmland gets 4G LTE, and the town of 7000 people gets EDGE. Makes 0 sense, but it probably means nearby towers are due to get the new equipment whenever they can get Fiber to site.

When I worked at a large university, every carrier except T-Mo brought in T1s (AT&T brought in 8 T1s) for their 3G cell sites.

T-Mobile flat out won't do 3G/4G without fiber or microwave. I'm not sure how valuable 600mhz would be for them in rural areas where they don't have fiber.

I'd rather see them get more AWS spectrum because even on LTE in urban areas (eg. DC) there are some places where the network is just plain slow due to lack of AWS spectrum and high usage.
nonymous
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Re: No 600mhz...

No fiber could do microwave or even a cable solution.
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said by Zenit:

(Granted, the 1900mhz seems to work pretty decently indoors, but not as strong as AT&T's 900mhz band service)

You mean 850mhz service. 900mhz is a cellular band deployed in Europe, not in the Americas. American cellular frequencies range from 824mhz - 849mhz for uplink and 869mhz - 894mhz for downlink.
Bob61571

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T-Mobile needs to upgrade their data network along I-55 in Illinois,

between Chicago and St. Louis.

RootMetrics maps show that T-Mobile's network will only work with data access for 10% of the 300 miles between Chicago and St. Louis on I-55. You will lose the data signal south of Joliet, IL and north of Troy, IL.

My own experience verifies this also on Amtrak and in my car.
BosstonesOwn

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Re: T-Mobile needs to upgrade their data network along I-55 in Illinois,

ok Let's upgrade a whole corridor just so very few people get lte access ?

How about we roll out high speeds services to the masses then upgrade the slight areas ?
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Bob61571

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Re: T-Mobile needs to upgrade their data network along I-55 in Illinois,

Don't forget that MCI got its start as a microwave communications system for truckers/shippers traveling on I-55/US Rt. 66 between Chicago and St. Louis.

I-55 is a major Midwest interstate, for goods and people between the Midwest and the Southwest.
If I-55 did not have lots of traffic, MCI would never have made it.
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Re: T-Mobile needs to upgrade their data network along I-55 in Illinois,

and I understand that , i for a long time, worked with providers to get coverage setup and the Tmobile attitude is to provide value and coverage to the masses who they can convert to their service. Tmobile is going to start bumping coverage, but they are trying to get the masses to flock to their service first, just because they don't upgrade an area doesn't mean they don't have it in their sights.
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bbrlogue
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Backfilling is more urgently needed

T-Mobile needs to figure out how to upgrade their backbone to replace Edge/GPRS with a decent HSPA along the major interstates.

This is sad: head west on I-66 from DC (or its immediate suburbs) where LTE and HSPA+ are plenty and fast. Within 1 hour, it flips into Edge or even sadder GPRS. No more music streaming, and the online map would take ages to load if not cached.

It's frustrating. I keep backup prepaid phones just for hotspot during travel because I know I can't rely on T-Mobile even for a short day trip!