AT&T searching for spectrum from Dish, Leap, MetroPCS


Now that Dish has bought up a lot of spectrum for tonz o' money...looks like AT&T might want to use some of it.

"Fresh from its bruising and ultimately failed bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, AT&T is eyeing Dish Network, Leap Wireless and MetroPCS for potential deals that could increase its spectrum holdings, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the deals, noted that although AT&T is actively discussing possible deals, there is nothing on the table and it would be months before any transactions materialized. Representatives from all of the companies declined to comment, according to the Journal.

However, it should come as little surprise to industry watchers that AT&T is interested in acquiring more spectrum in the wake of its failed T-Mobile deal. Indeed, as part of its $6 billion breakup fee, AT&T will have to give T-Mobile AWS spectrum licenses in 128 market areas, including in 12 of the top 20 markets in the United States. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last month that the company, one of the largest holders of 700 MHz and AWS spectrum in the country, needs more airwaves to keep pace with mobile broadband demand....

Another possibility for AT&T is Dish, which is trying to get the FCC to approve the 40 MHz of S-band spectrum in the 2 GHz range it purchased from TerreStar Networks and DBSD North America. The Journal report said Dish has indicated to AT&T it does not want to sell the spectrum and instead wants to build out its own LTE Advanced wireless network. AT&T has said in FCC filings that the agency should not restrict Dish's ability to sell or lease its spectrum to larger telecommunications companies, a stipulation the agency placed on LightSquared.

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Report: AT&T searching for spectrum from Dish, Leap, MetroPCS - FierceWireless


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