If you were wondering where T-Mobile was going to distribute the $1 billion in extra spectrum they scored from AT&T as part of the deal from their failed merger, the FCC filing we told you about yesterday was able to provide this nice coverage map. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like $1 billion in spectrum alone will be enough to blanket the whole nation in ooey gooey 4G goodness, but it will strengthen key cities.
Markets such as Boston; San Francisco/Oakland; Washington, D.C.; Houston; Baltimore; Atlanta; San Diego; Seattle; Kansas City, Mo.; San Jose, Calif.; San Antonio; and Salt Lake City will all receive AT&T’s former AWS bands. AT&T was very careful to give up their spectrum only in areas where they knew they had enough frequency to get a good LTE network set up.
Still, as you can clearly see, T-Mobile did pretty well for themselves receiving new AWS spectrum in areas like California where T-Mo can expand their HSPA+ 42Mbps network. Even if they can get some of their slower 4G — I’m not picky — in Rancho Cucamonga, I might just have to make the switch.