AT&T and Sprint Request Spectrum Exchange for Better Service

November 24, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

In a move which is expected to help both AT&T and Sprint, these US network carriers have made a filing at FCC requesting a new long term spectrum exchange agreement in certain areas. If FCC approves the request, both the carriers can enhance their existing services and expand new services in several major cities.

In the joint request, AT&T and Sprint has made it clear that such an agreement will help AT&T to increase its system capacity so that it can enhance the services in Honolulu, Denver, Salt Lake City, New Orleans-Baton Rouge, Des Moines-Quad Cities, Omaha, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Louisville-Lexington-Evansville, and Spokane-Billings areas and accommodate better new services in these areas.

On the other side, the proposed spectrum exchange will benefit Sprint to expand its services in its commercial mobile wireless network in the New Orleans, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Cleveland, Charlotte-Greensboro- Greenville, and South Bend-Mishawaka areas.

However, things are still at FCC waiting for an approval. Any parties who want to file petitions requesting any opposition in the requested transaction can do so till December 17, 2010. However, FCC plans to make a decision by the end of the year. If they approve the request we may get better services in the areas it seems.

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