AT&T Mobility has announced that it has agreed to acquire 49 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licences from Aloha Partners II, a wireless broadband specialist headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. The licences cover almost 50 million people in 14 states, namely: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, is said to complement AT&T’s existing AWS holdings. AT&T anticipates closing the transaction in the second half of 2014; the financial terms have not been disclosed.
Prior to this deal, Aloha Partners claimed to be the eighth largest owner of wireless spectrum in the US, with AWS concessions covering twelve of the top 50 US markets, including San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Austin and San Antonio. In 2004 Aloha purchased 15 licences covering 38 million people in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) AWS auction. In 2007 and 2008 the company went on to purchase an additional 37 AWS licences covering a further twelve million people from Nextwave Wireless.