The 24 wireless licenses cover spectrum in parts of Washington State and Oregon, including the cities of Seattle and Portland, according to documents filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (pdf).
The additional spectrum will facilitate AT&T’s continued deployment of GSM/EDGE and HSDPA/UMTS technologies and help AT&T efficiently deploy LTE technology, an ultra wideband next generation technology that will be deployed in the future.
Not a bad flip for Charlie Townsend’s Aloha Partners. Here’s the FCC’s full list of 700 MHz winners from the 2008 auction.
“What Vulcan really had here is a play in the Pacific Northwest and presumably AT&T has given him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” said Jim Wiesenberg, a principal at wireless spectrum consulting firm WW Associates.
The licenses cover the C-block segment of the airwaves within the lower 700 megahertz frequency. In 2002, the FCC made available the Lower 700 MHz Band that had been allocated to television Channels 52-59 and completed an initial auction of 740 licenses in the Lower 700 MHz band on September 18, 2002, with 102 bidders winning a total of 484 licenses.
On June 13, 2003, the FCC completed an additional auction of 256 licenses in the Lower 700 MHz band C and D blocks (auction 44). Block C had 12 MHz (2 x 6 MHz paired) while Block D had 6 MHz (unpaired), and later bought by Qualcomm for MediaFlo.
700 MHz Spectrum Winners (2008)
Vulcan Spectrum also bought licenses in the A-block portion of the spectrum as a participant in last year’s 700 MHz auction that raised almost $20 billion. Vulcan Spectrum’s A- block licenses, which also cover the Seattle and Portland areas, aren’t included in the proposed sale to AT&T, reports Bloomberg.
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