T-Mobile USA was the big winner in the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless spectrum auction that just wrapped up. This carrier was able to get significant amounts of new spectrum, an absolutely necessary step if it is going to offer third-generation wireless services to its customers… and keep up with its competitors.
Licenses for wireless spectrum don’t come cheap. In order to get the ones it needs, T-Mobile is going to have to pay $4.18 billion to the U.S. government.
The 120 spectrum licenses T-Mobile just acquired are spread all across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and other territories.
And the Plans Are…
This carrier has not made any announcements about what its plans are since the end of the spectrum auction, but it has said in the past that it hopes to start offering 3G wireless services before the end of this year.
T-Mobile hasn’t revealed which of the high-speed wireless standards it will be supporting, though as a GSM carrier the top candidates are UMTS and HSDPA.
These or similar 3G services are already offered by all of T-Mobile’s top competitors.