Verizon to buy 700MHz spectrum in Alaska?

1 Sep 2010

Verizon Wireless has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to acquire the 700MHz C Block spectrum licence covering Alaska, Fierce Wireless reports. Verizon intends to purchase the spectrum from Triad, a company that purchased the licence during the FCC’s 700MHz spectrum auction in 2008. Triad originally paid around USD1.8 million for the licence. According to Verizon spokeswoman Nancy Stark, this licence will complete Verizon’s nationwide 700MHz footprint, and will allow the company to provide voice, data and other wireless services in Alaska. Verizon does not currently operate a network in Alaska, although it does offer services via a roaming partner. Verizon declined to disclose the proposed purchase price for the licence. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Verizon is due to roll out America’s first LTE network on 15 November, and has promised to launch commercial services in 25-30 as yet unnamed marketplaces.

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