AT&T Receives FCC Approval for Acquisition of NextWave Wireless, Other WCS
Transactions; Approval Sets the Stage for WCS Spectrum for Mobile Broadband
DALLAS -- December 22, 2012
AT&T announced today that the FCC has approved AT&T’s pending acquisition of
NextWave Wireless and other pending WCS spectrum acquisitions. The FCC
previously approved a joint proposal from AT&T and Sirius XM that permits
deployment of mobile broadband service in the WCS band.
“The long era of dispute and uncertainty surrounding the WCS spectrum band is
finally over. With theOrder released this week, AT&T will be able to complete
acquisitions that will give it a path to robust commercial LTE deployment in
the WCS band,” said Joan Marsh, AT&T vice president of Federal Regulatory. “We
applaud the FCC Chairman and Commissioners for their commitment to fostering
innovative spectrum solutions that unlock under-utilized spectrum bands to
serve the growing demands of American consumers. Repositioning the WCS band
for LTE deployment is a significant accomplishment which will spur aggressive
investment by AT&T and create good paying jobs across the wireless and
technology eco-systems. This is also a win for our customers, who will benefit
from today’s Order for years to come as we realize the spectrum’s full
potential to enhance our wireless broadband offerings.”
AT&T intends to deploy WCS spectrum for added 4G LTE capacity in approximately
three years. AT&T now expects the NextWave transaction will close during the
first quarter of 2013.
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