National Carrier Spectrum Holdings - Top 100 CMA Markets
Labs is now offering a monthly spectrum report summarizing the spectrum
holdings for the National Carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile). To develop this report, AllNet Labs takes the
spectrum outputs at a county level from its Spectrum Analysis Tool
and applies a county population weighting before averaging all of the counties
within a Cellular Market Area (CMA).
Data is available for all 733 CMA markets, but the standard report is
formatted for the 100 most populated CMA markets. This report is delivered as an Excel
spreadsheet, with both summary and detailed views. In the summary view (Figure 1), only the
total spectrum holdings for each carrier are displayed.
selecting the [+] in the upper margin to the right of AT&T spectrum
holdings we can reveal AT&T’s spectrum
distribution by band.This expanded view
is seen below as Figure 2.
Labs has added a proposed transaction data set to the Spectrum Analysis Tool. With this data set, we are able to simplify hundreds
of license transfers at the FCC into the net effect for wireless
operators. All of the transactions are
captured from the FCC Daily Digest and each license is updated at the callsign,
county, and frequency levels. Using this
proposed transaction data, a matrix of the national carrier’s proposed spectrum
holdings is created (Figure 3).
selecting the [+] signs in the upper margin, a carrier’s spectrum holdings by
band can be detailed.(Figure 4).
last matrix in this report summarizes the differences between the proposed
spectrum holdings and the current spectrum holdings.This highlights areas that are affected by
proposed transactions.The example shown
uses data from the December 2013 Spectrum Analysis Tool.The proposed transactions for December 2013
were transactions announced prior to 12/1 which included AT&T’s purchase of
Leap as well as many other minor transactions.The effect of that transaction as well as other more minor transactions
is easily seen in Figure 5, with AT&T increasing their spectrum holdings in
6 of the 15 CMA markets listed.
see the changes at the spectrum band level of detail, select the [+] in the
upper margin as described before.As
seen in Figure 6, AT&T’s increase in spectrum was the result of increases
in AWS and PCS spectrum, which matches the known spectrum that Leap will bring
AllNet Lab's Spectrum Analysis Tool is an Excel based product which allows users to visualize and analyze the current spectrum ownership for all of the mobile carrier and satellite frequency bands at a county level for all 50 states and US territories. The Spectrum Analysis Tool includes 15 color-coded spectrum holders and over 600 additional identified carriers. More information can be found at www.allnetlabs.com.