T-Mobile is warehousing spectrum... and other specious arguments [telecom]

By Mike Dano

T-Mobile bought almost 200 spectrum licenses in the 3.45GHz range at the beginning of this year, but it doesn't plan to put those licenses into use until the end of 2023.

The company spent almost $1 billion across several FCC millimeter wave spectrum auctions more than two years ago but still has no concrete plans to put that spectrum into widespread action.

Yet T-Mobile's networking chief made this claim just a few months ago: "We have never warehoused spectrum in my entire career at the company. We never will," Neville Ray said at a November investor event.

Is Ray being facetious? Or is something else going on?

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