T-Mobile Rebukes Verizon's Spectrum Assertions to FCC
T-Mobile, hungry for spectrum, accused Verizon of gobbling up more than it needs. In a blog post, a T-Mobile executive accuses Verizon of giving misleading data to the FCC.
T-Mobile is out to clarify what it calls several falsehoods that Verizon Wireless shared with the Federal Communications Commission in documents supporting the carriers plan to purchase spectrum from several cable companies and to enter a deal in which the parties would additionally sell the others products.
Steve Sharkey, T-Mobiles director of government affairs and engineering policy, makes three major assertions in an April 4 blog post: That Verizon is trying to make the FCC think the deal is not major and the FCC should simply rubber-stamp it, when in fact it will have great consequences; that Verizon has said its more efficient than T-Mobile, when the opposite is true; and that Verizon is a spectrum hoarder that doesnt need more, and so doesnt deserve, the spectrum it would receive from Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications, should the deal be approved.
These deals are anything but routine and, if granted, would unduly tip the scales in favor of the largest wireless carrier at a critical juncture in the mobile broadband industry, Sharkey wrote, addressing the first point.
To the second point, he wrote that Verizons justifying its buying spree by claiming its two-times more efficient than T-Mobile. Sharkey attacks the logic of this claim on a number of fronts.
First, Verizons analysis divides the carriers nationwide total subscribers by a nationwide average amount of spectrum. But mixing an absolute number of subscribers against a broad average of spectrum produces a pointless number, writes Sharkey. Because spectrum holdings and market share vary dramatically on a market-to-market basis, any meaningful analysis must be done at that level.
Sharkey adds that Verizon includes in its calculation spectrum that T-Mobile doesnt yet have access to, making its average appear lowerwhile it also leaves out the spectrum its in the process of acquiring from its own count.
Third, Sharkey writes that smartphones use approximately 35 times the data of feature phones, but Verizon doesnt factor in that T-Mobile has more bandwidth-hungry smartphone customers than Verizon.