AT&T to Acquire More 700 MHz Spectrum from East Kentucky Network

by Istvan Fekete on May 26, 2015

AT&T’s hunger for spectrum is undamped. Although the spectrum auction has just ended and the carrier gained some premium licences in targeted areas, it has recently announced plans to acquire three lower 700 MHz C-block licences.

According to two filings with the FCC, AT&T is ready to shell out a yet undisclosed amount to East Kentucky Network for those C-block licences covering parts of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The carrier says it needs to fill coverage gaps in its footprint. It will also allow AT&T to increase capacity, enhance existing services, and launch new products and services in the targeted areas.

In another deal, AT&T has agreed to purchase from Cellular Properties two Cellular A-block properties and associated common carrier fixed point-to-point microwave licenses in two CMAs in parts of southern and eastern Illinois.

As a result, AT&T would be assigned 25 MHz of cellular spectrum in 11 counties covering all of one CMA and part of the other. Post-transaction, AT&T would hold 101 to 173 MHz of spectrum in total, and 31 to 68 MHz of sub-1 GHz spectrum in the two Illinois CMAs.

AT&T now covers 308 million POPs with LTE, and the spectrum transactions are likely part of the carrier’s effort to expand its network where it previously had no coverage.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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