AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Dish spends big

Demonstrated the voracious appetite for spectrum


WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday.

AT&T bid a total of $18.2 billion to win licenses of so-called AWS-3 spectrum. Dish itself did not win any licenses, but had invested in bidding partners SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC and Northstar Wireless LLC, which bid a total of $13.3 billion.

U.S. wireless spectrum auction raises record $44.9 billion

Proceeds to pay for a new $7 billion public safety network


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission raised a record $44.9 billion in the auction of so-called AWS-3 airwaves that closed on Thursday, marking the highest point yet in the wireless industry's appetite for more spectrum.

Wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and T-Mobile US Inc, satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp and others vied for new slices of airwaves to satisfy the growing consumer demand for streaming video and other data-guzzling applications.

Iraq's cellphone operators to pay $307 million for 3G airwaves: regulator

The 3 mobile operators have been waiting years to begin 3G services


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s mobile phone network operators have agreed to pay $307 million each for radio spectrum, enabling them to launch higher-speed 3G mobile internet services in the war-torn country in two months, a senior official at the national regulator told Reuters.

Iraq is one of the few Middle East countries still reliant on 2G networks, which mostly carry voice calls and SMS texts and only the most basic online services, while fixed line internet connections are expensive and unreliable.

CTIA: FCC's Wheeler urges operators to commit to 600MHz auction

US operators need to demonstrate their commitment to the incentive auction of 600MHz spectrum in 2015 if broadcasters are to overcome their reservations about the process, according to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Speaking during the keynote session at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, Wheeler expressed frustration that so much of the telecoms industry has been “strangely silent” about the forthcoming sale of sub-1GHz spectrum given the constraints that operators say they are under.

At U.S. wireless convention, spectrum is on everyone's mind

Auction is regarded as the FCC's most complex undertaking to date


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This year's top U.S. wireless convention descends on Las Vegas on Monday and will no doubt be abuzz with massive telecom mergers and major policy undertakings of the industry's new top regulator.

But the less glamorous, though no less monumental, subject of spectrum, or radio airwaves, will serve as a backdrop to every conversation at the "Super Mobility Week" trade show thrown by the wireless industry association CTIA.

Dish tells U.S. FCC will participate in 2015 spectrum auction

Plans may include a partnership with another broadband player to build a wireless network


(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said it plans to take part in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's large sale of low-frequency airwaves planned for mid-2015, according to a filing disclosed on Wednesday.

Dish's Chairman Charlie Ergen and other executives met with the FCC's Chairman Tom Wheeler, four commissioners and numerous wireless officials on Monday, giving the most explicit pledge so far by the satellite TV provider to "meaningfully participate" in the so-called "incentive" auction.

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Aereo CEO calls decision 'massive setback'


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet.

In a decision that could crimp consumers' hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc, a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law by using tiny antennas to broadcast TV content online to paying subscribers.

Wednesday's 6-3 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, is a victory for traditional broadcasters such as CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC, and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox.

Verizon Wireless looking to buy Dish Network's spectrum - NY Post


(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc unit Verizon Wireless is looking to buy satellite-TV operator Dish Network Corp's spectrum to improve wireless internet speeds, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Dish's shares were up 3.4 percent at $61.81 on the Nasdaq on Friday morning. Verizon Communications shares were little changed at $49.39.
The two companies have held informal, early talks about the spectrum, the report said.

Verizon to FCC: restrictions on airwaves auction are unjust


Verizon Communications Inc has urged U.S. regulators not to restrict how much it can buy in next year's auction of wireless spectrum, saying such a limit would subsidize the smallest national carriers and their foreign owners.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently proposed rules for the complex sale of valuable airwaves scheduled for mid-2015. The rules would reserve part of the spectrum in each market for wireless carriers that do not already have dominant blocks of low-frequency airwaves there.

Telefonica sweetens offer to win EU approval for E-Plus deal


Telefonica Deutschland has sweetened its offer of concessions in order to win European Union approval for its planned takeover of KPN's E-Plus unit in Germany, a spokesman for the telecoms firm said.

Telefonica Deutschland (Munich, Germany), a unit of Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica (Madrid), last month offered to lease spectrum above 2 gigahertz and access to its network to rivals after the European Commission expressed concerns about the 8.6 billion euro ($11.9 billion) deal.

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