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T-Mobile made a case to the FCC for smaller geographic areas and a 5 MHz spectrum block maximum in the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auctions, notes Wireless Week.

T-Mobile urged the FCC to package the 50 MHz of AWS-3 up for auction into five 5×5 MHz blocks to “maximize opportunities for competitive carriers to participate to auction.

T-Mobile said if the FCC adopts spectrum aggregation limits, than 5×5 MHz blocks would be optimal in providing bidding flexibility.

AT&T, in a blog post this week, applauded an order circulating at the FCC calling for two 10×10 MHz EA blocks and one 5×5 MHz CMA block.

“The 10×10 MHz blocks will appeal to AT&T and Verizon because they are larger and being auctioned in fewer geographic regions, making it easier to build a nationwide spectrum position,” wrote BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. “The 5×5 MHz block will appeal to T-Mobile, which owns the adjacent spectrum in 20 of the top 35 markets.”

The FCC has tentatively scheduled the AWS-3 spectrum auction for September 2014. It would re-purpose existing federal spectrum for commercial use.

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