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Sprint has bought 585,000 customers of US Cellular, but most of the $480m cash wad it will hand over to the wireless operator is for two chunks of radio spectrum that will enable Sprint to roll out LTE in previously unserved markets.

Sprint was always just after the spectrum, the customers just got caught up in the frequencies as US Cellular won't have the capacity to serve those markets once the transfer is completed.

The markets in question include Chicago; South Bend, Indiana; the city of Champaign, Illinois, where Sprint will acquire 20MHz of spectrum around 1900Mhz; and St Louis, where 10MHz will change hands, assuming regulatory approval is forthcoming.

That approval should turn up by the middle of next year, FCC procedures permitting, at which point the half-million US Cellular customers will find themselves becoming Sprint customers, for better or worse.

The US radio spectrum market is complicated by the lack of national licences, so operators are required to hold a patchwork of regional licences and coverage from particular networks which varies widely between regions.

But that model also allows for regional operators, which may hold a local licence and then rely on roaming agreements for out-of-state coverage - though the number of such operators has declined steadily as the economies of scale have driven them into the arms of the competition. ®

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