Originally posted on Gigaom:
All’s fair in love and war. It was only yesterday that T-Mobile was lobbying hard to halt Verizon’s acquisition of the cable operators’ unused 4G spectrum. Today it’s not opposed to the deal at all. What changed? T-Mobile and Verizon(s vz)(s vod) on Monday revealed an agreement to swap some of those same 4G airwaves if Verizon’s $3.9 billion purchase gets regulatory approval.
The new deal will see licenses in 218 markets change hands, the balance going to T-Mobile, which will pay Verizon an undisclosed sum of cash. In all, T-Mobile will gain licenses covering 60 million people, and, most importantly, T-Mo will be able to fill critical gaps in its future LTE network. Though T-Mobile gained a lot of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) airwaves after its merger with AT&T(s t) failed, it still has the frequency holdings to only partially cover the country. For instance its original plans…
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