Map of T-Mobile's 700 MHz spectrum

The map below shows T-Mobile's current 700 MHz A, B and C block licenses and leases (pink) and licenses pending FCC approval or sale closing (orange shaded). Officially announced markets where 700 MHz band 12 network has been deployed have a circled 12 placed on them. T-Mobile markets band 12 network as Extended Range LTE. The red circles are TV channel 51 stations protected by the FCC rules. A-block spectrum cannot be used in the red circles until the stations relocate to some other channels. T-Mobile can make deals with the stations to obtain a permission to use A block (concurrent operations agreement). Several deals have been announced and approved by the FCC, see updates below. Stations that are on track to be relocated and stations that gave permission to use A block have a green service contour around them. Stations that applied to relocate have a yellow service contour.

After the 600 MHz auction all channel 51 stations will free up the spectrum within 39 months. During the auction that started on March 29, 2016 the stations will have three choices: exit the business, share a channel with some other station or relocate to some other free channel. In the first two cases the station must free channel 51 within 3 months after the end of the auction. In the third case (they choose relocation) the FCC will pick new channels for all stations and develop an individual relocation schedule for each station. The relocations will take 6-39 months. Read more about the 600 MHz auction and also see an FCC presentation to the broadcasters. RabbitEars published FAQ.

Note that the red service contours are not the exact boundaries of the exclusion zones. For details see this page

Do you want to know who are the license holders of other areas? Check out Spectrum Omega map (click on the first "700 MHz A block" line in the sidebar).

Questions about the licenses, devices, TV stations, and the 600 MHz auction? Ask /r/tmobile or T4GRU communities.

2015 Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 events

2016 Q1 and Q2 events

August 2016
  • T-Mobile closed the deals with C Spire, Cavalier, Continuum 700 and US Cellular.
    • Band 12 deployed coverage is now 200 million people
    • Licensed areas available for network deployment cover 248.5 million people
    • Population in the remaining red channel 51 exclusion zones covering T-Mobile's licenses: 2 million
    • T-Mobile entered into agreements to acquire additional licenses and clear exclusion zones covering 18.5 million people
    • Licenses owned and licenses on track to be acquired cover 269 million people
  • T-Mobile got permission to use A block spectrum in WAGV (Harlan, KY) and WMYO (Salem, IN) service areas and submitted the agreements for FCC approval.
  • On August 5th WFXG (Augusta, GA) notified the FCC that it successfully completed relocation to channel 31 a week prior.
September 2016
  • The FCC approved concurrent operations agreements T-Mobile made with WAGV (Harlan, KY) and WMYO (Salem, IN) TV stations.
  • Neville Ray disclosed a deal to buy 700A spectrum from Charter. Based on the details provided central and eastern Montana licenses have been added to the map. Update: T-Mobile is also acquiring B block covering six counties in Western Montana. Disable A block layer in the map sidebar to see the B block license.
  • Deployed band 12 network now covers 215 million people.
  • The FCC approved the purchase of Chicago A block license and as well as the concurrent operations agreement with WPWR-TV.

The map below shows the areas where T-Mobile is unlikely to buy 700 MHz A block spectrum because it's not for sale. Disclaimer: the map is a reasonable guess not a fact. If more information becomes available it will be revised.

700 MHz A block spectrum not for sale