2016 Q1 events

January 2016
  • T-Mobile announced that 700 MHz network has been deployed to cover 185 million people as of the end of 2015.
  • T-Mobile submitted an application to acquire Amarillo, TX license from Infrastructure Networks.
  • KPPX-TV (Phoenix, AZ) filed to relocate to channel 31. The application is subject to FCC and Mexican regulators approval.
February 2016
  • T-Mobile filed an application to exchange their AWS spectrum in three Texas counties with West Central Wireless 700 MHz A block Abilene, TX license. The transaction is subject to FCC approval. To expedite utilization of spectrum the parties also applied to lease the spectrum to each other short term.
  • T-Mobile announced acquisition of 700 MHz A block licenses covering additional 48 million people. Together with the existing licenses low band licenses cover 258 million people. The new areas have not been disclosed yet. Stay tuned for updates.
  • T-Mobile filed to acquire 7 full and 3 partitioned 700A block licenses from C Spire in Alabama and surrounding areas. The licenses cover approximately 8.5 million people. To expedite deployment of the network T-Mobile at the same time applied to lease the spectrum till the closing of the transaction which will happen after the end of the 600 MHz auction due to the "quiet" period. 
  • T-Mobile submitted two more applications that reveal 32 additional licenses covering 40 millions people (see the map below)Spectrum Gateway expects the network to be deployed in Q3 2016 - Q1 2017.
  • T-Mobile filed an application to exchange certain AWS, PCS and 700 MHz A block licenses with US Cellular. New 700 MHz spectrum covers two WA and five KS counties. See the miscellaneous layer on the map for details.
  • WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh, PA) gave T-Mobile permission to use 700 MHz A block within their service area. The agreement is subject to FCC approval.
  • WSST-TV (Cordele, GA) filed an application to relocate to channel 22. The application requires FCC approval.
March 2016
  • The FCC approved the concurrent operations agreement between T-Mobile and WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh, PA). T-Mobile is now free to launch band 12.