AT&T grabs more 4G capacity, buys Qualcomm wireless spectrum for $1.92 billion

AT&T grabs more 4G capacity, buys Qualcomm wireless spectrum for $1.92 billion

Summary: AT&T will acquire Qualcomm wireless spectrum licenses for $1.925 billion in a move that will give it more capacity for 4G services. Qualcomm had capacity to spare since it's shutting down its Flo TV plans.

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AT&T said Monday it will acquire Qualcomm wireless spectrum licenses for $1.92 billion in a move that will give it more capacity for 4G services.

Specifically, AT&T is buying Qualcomm's wireless spectrum licenses in the lower 700 Mhz frequency band. Qualcomm initially acquired the spectrum for its Flo TV operations. However, Qualcomm will shut down Flo TV in March 2011. Since Qualcomm didn't need the spectrum it was more than willing to unload it to AT&T, which needs to bolster its network. Verizon Wireless has launched 4G services already and will have about a one-year lead on AT&T.

Indeed, the Qualcomm spectrum is valuable and covers more than 300 million people and 70 million in top markets like New York and San Francisco. AT&T has been working to improve coverage in those two big markets.

So what's AT&T's plan? In a statement, the wireless giant said:

As part of its longer-term 4G network plans, AT&T intends to deploy this spectrum as supplemental downlink, using carrier aggregation technology. This technology is designed to deliver substantial capacity gains and is expected to be enabled with the completion of 3GPP Release 10.  AT&T expects to begin deploying this spectrum once compatible handsets and network equipment are developed.

Here's AT&T's current 4G roadmap from an earnings conference call in October:

For its part, Qualcomm said it will integrate this carrier aggregation technology in its chipsets. AT&T will then deploy Qualcomm's chipset. Qualcomm's big plan is to "develop LTE multicast technologies" that can support video and multimedia content on mobile networks.

Topics: AT&T, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Processors, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: AT&T grabs more 4G capacity, buys Qualcomm wireless spectrum for $1.92 billion

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  • So by 2012, we'll have WP7 with LTE?

    n/t
    Michael Alan Goff
  • Yea! 4g on ATT... wait! Y R they so slow getting it.

    It's good to see progress but a tad bit too late if you ask me. Also I'm betting they will release it with iPhone5. Then I talked to a att field tower tech who un-officially said the same thing. The Tech said he was surveying Houston for this. Mid of 2011 he est launch/testing.
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  • RE: AT&T grabs more 4G capacity, buys Qualcomm wireless spectrum for $1.92 billion

    What good is it to have this faster throughput if you are limited in the amount of data you can use? You just use up your data plan faster this way.
    napfan59@...
    • RE: AT&T grabs more 4G capacity, buys Qualcomm wireless spectrum for $1.92 billion

      @napfan59@...
      because some of us lucky people still have unlimited data plans and would like to watch Hulu while sitting in traffic :)
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