Dish said it will be lending 20 MHz of its AWS-4 (Band 66) and all of its 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T, starting immediately. Dish will provide the spectrum to AT&T at no cost for 60 days. AT&T will be able to deploy the AWS-4 spectrum quickly and easily using its AWS-1 and AWS-3 equipment. In addition, AT&T can use Dish’s 700 MHz E-Block in conjunction with the D-Block that AT&T has started deploying in some markets.
Analysts are speculating that these loans during a time of crisis might later be turned into ongoing leases.
Compared to some of the new-fangled technologies, fiber is old-school, but it's the connective tissue for most of the new services and applications. Whether it's fiber-to-the-premise or home, long-haul fiber, metro fiber rings, fiber to a cell tower or small cell, the world's networks increasingly rely on fiber. "Fiber leads all of the businesses that we have," said CenturyLink's Ed Morche, president of strategic enterprise and government markets.
T-Mobile worked with a variety of other providers to rustle up additional 600 MHz spectrum to help it meet increased customer demand for wireless broadband, as people are forced to work and learn from home. The companies that have agreed to contribute spectrum are Dish, Comcast, NewLevel, LB License Co, Channel 51, Omega, Bluewater and TStar License Holdings.