US round-up: AT&T refarms PCS spectrum for LTE in NYC; Leap subs plummet; nTelos LTE launch on track

11 Nov 2013

AT&T Mobility is starting to refarm a portion of its 1900MHz PCS spectrum to support Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in New York City, technology website GigaOM reports. In August this year the mobile giant revealed that it intends to deploy PCS spectrum for LTE in markets such as New York City, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Dallas, Philadelphia and San Francisco in the near future.

Pre-paid operator Leap Wireless, which is in the process of being acquired by AT&T Mobility, has lost customers and reported lower revenue for the third quarter of 2013, though its customer defections were fewer than it had in the year-ago period. The flat-rate carrier, which operates under the Cricket brand, lost 196,000 net customers during 3Q13, compared to 269,000 in the year-ago period. The cellco’s subscriber base dropped to 4.643 million at 30 September as a result.

Regional US operator nTelos has confirmed that its LTE launch remains on track, and is expected to go live during ‘the coming weeks’. The progress was confirmed as part of the company’s most recent earnings release. nTelos added approximately 2,300 new customers during the third quarter of 2013, ending the period with 457,100 subscribers. In addition, the carrier said that it added 38 new cell sites to its footprint over the last twelve months.