US satellite TV giant DISH Network has announced that it is providing 20MHz of AWS-4 spectrum and all of its 700MHz frequencies to AT&T Communications at no cost for a period of 60 days. Previously, DISH agreed to lend its complete 600MHz spectrum portfolio to T-Mobile US (see below). DISH stated: ‘With these two agreements, DISH has activated most of its spectrum portfolio to enhance national wireless capacity as the nation confronts the COVID-19 crisis.’
In parallel, both AT&T and Verizon have been granted the authority to use unused AWS-3 spectrum currently held in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) inventory.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the FCC has already issued Special Temporary Authority (STA) permits to T-Mobile US (600MHz band, via DISH, Comcast and others), US Cellular (AWS-3 band, via Advantage Spectrum) and Verizon Wireless (AWS-3 band, via DISH).