Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it has no need to make large spectrum acquisitions after winning $10.4 billion of licenses in a U.S. auction of wireless licenses that closed last month.
MisterDTV: Of particular interest to me was the statement made by Verizon: We’re open to leasing spectrum from other companies
Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) entered the AWS-3 spectrum auction with at least 40 MHz of AWS airwaves covering around 70 percent of the U.S. population, but ended the auction with that figure around 95 percent. According to a senior Verizon executive, Verizon now has a combination of at least 40 MHz of AWS-1 or AWS-3 spectrum in 92 of the top 100 U.S. markets, which will help the carrier meet capacity needs as more traffic shifts to its LTE network.
HPA Tech Retreat: Broadcasters Consider UHD, IT and More
By Debra KaufmanFebruary 12, 2015
At the HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells this week, the Broadcasters Panel featured broadcast network executives answering audience questions about TV spectrum re-allocation, IT-based infrastructure, UHD, the emerging ATSC 3.0 standard, and the future of broadcast. Moderated by Ericsson’s Matthew Goldman, the panel included CBC/Radio Canada’s Maxime Caron; CBS’s Bob Seidel; FOX Networks’ Rich Friedel; NAB’s Skip Pizzi; PBS’s Mario Vecchi and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Mark Aitken.
Despite it coming as a “surprise” to many reporters (and Wall St analysts) that DISH ended up with more total winning bids (before DE discounts) than Verizon in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, and that DISH got a 25% DE discount on its bids, the outcome is exactly what I predicted from the bidding patterns back in November. I was particularly amused to look back at Jonathan Chaplin’s comment from his December 7 report which poured scorn on my thesis, stating:
How to blow up a spectrum auction…
AT&T and Verizon are big winners in the record-breaking wireless auction, but it’s Dish Network that walks away with an unexpectedly large swath of spectrum. What will it do with it?
The Boston Consulting Group.