T-Mobile US has lined up a number of additional 700MHz spectrum deals with regional licence holders, Fierce Wireless reports, citing filings made with the Federal Communications Commission. As such, T-Mobile has agreed terms with BEK Communications Cooperative for licences covering Bismark and Kidder, North Dakota. Meanwhile, the deal with Big Wave Ventures, which is backed by Phoenix-based Smartcomm, covers two A block licences, one in Wheeling, West Virginia, and one in Lubbock, Texas. Finally, the transaction with Vulcan Wireless includes a concession covering the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area in Washington and the Portland-Salem area in Oregon.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, T-Mobile agreed to pay Verizon Wireless USD2.37 billion for a substantial package of 700MHz A block spectrum in January 2014, before going on to secure 700MHz spectrum covering a further 18 million people from a number of smaller players. Recent transactions notwithstanding, the cellco presides over 700MHz A block frequencies covering 176 million people, or 55% of the population. These frequencies are said to encompass nine of the top ten metropolitan markets and 22 of the top 30 metro areas.