AT&T’s (T) bid to acquire T-Mobile USA last year ended up falling apart, and that’s probably a good thing. During the soap opera that ensued following the announcement of AT&T’s intentions, however, the carrier repeatedly claimed the deal was a necessity in order to skirt a daunting spectrum crunch that would seriously hamper its business and the service experienced by its subscribers if left unchecked. Fast forward to November 2012 and despite the failed merger, AT&T now says it is in a great position with plenty of spectrum as it continues to roll out 4G LTE services.

“Even under ideal circumstances, getting new spectrum on the market in the next five to seven years is aggressive,” AT&T chief strategy officer John Stankey said last week during a meeting with analysts. “But what we do know is that AT&T is well-positioned now…These deals give us confidence that we can meet our LTE objectives for next two years and they will allow us to deliver competitive performance.”

DSLreports.com notes that AT&T has completed more than 40 spectrum deals over the past year including a $1.9 billion agreement with Qualcomm (QCOM). The site says “AT&T has a long history of over-emphasizing capacity and spectrum constraints in order to get what they want from regulators and politicians,” and it claims AT&T’s inefficient handling of the spectrum it does possess is at the root of its capacity issues.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.