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T-Mobile jockeys for position, ends opposition to Verizon cable spectrum buy

  • TC2 Blog
  • 6/26/2012
  • David Rohde

One thing’s clear about wireless spectrum: Nobody’s getting any more of it without a fight from somebody else. And by “fight” I don’t mean a boxing match to a knockout, but a tough negotiation till your opponent gets what it wants.

That’s clear from a deal struck Monday by Verizon Wireless with T-Mobile USA. In exchange for some spectrum swaps in which T-Mobile will pick up capacity in many big metro markets, T-Mobile dropped its opposition to Verizon buying massive gobs of spectrum held by four cable companies that don’t plan to go into wireless themselves.

Of course spectrum has always been part of the political process.