AT&T agreed to give T-Mobile a good chunk of spectrum if their merger didn’t go through. Of course we all know it didn’t. For T-Mobile, its failed efforts to become one with AT&T was rewarded with enough spectrum to finally create a LTE network. Today, the FCC approved the transfer of about $1 billion worth of AT&T’s AWS spectrum to T-Mobile.
T-Mobile is now able to extend its reach into 128 additional markets. That means it should be easier getting a T-Mobile signal in places such as Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco. Alternatively, AT&T customers may or may not notice a hit in cellular performance as a result of the spectrum transfer.