While this made first quarter capital spending levels higher year-over-year, our CapEx guidance remains unchanged. This also is a key strategic quarter for AT&T. We've made several significant moves that put us in a strong spectrum position for the future. Signing an agreement to acquire FiberTower, a whole [ lore ] of 39 gigahertz millimeter wave spectrum. And we were rewarded the FirstNet contract to build and operate a national first responders network. And earlier this month, we announced our intention to acquire Straight Path.
We have now been informed by Straight Path that their board has received a superior proposal. Under our existing contract with Straight Path, we have the right to negotiate with the company over the next 5 business days to match or exceed the new bid. We will evaluate the situation and make a decision in that time frame.
Randall L. Stephenson - AT&T Inc. - Chairman, CEO and President
Now this fiber footprint is proving to be a huge competitive advantage as the industry's moving towards 5G. We're also leading the industry in software-defined networking, and this is the driving force behind our cost structure, and it's also changing how we deliver new services. And then on spectrum, it became clear several years ago, as we began to anticipate a world of premium mobile video, that spectrum would be the difference maker. So we took a deliberate, strategic approach to building up our position. And today, we have the leading spectrum position in the U.S. And I'm going to discuss that more here in a moment.
All these investments are creating a very unique platform for what we think is a very unique customer base. It's 147 million mobile subscribers, 47 million pay TV subscribers, a fast-growing OTT video service and 16 million broadband subscribers.
And if you look at Slide 11, I now want to drill down on the spectrum position that we've spoken on a lot here on this call. We picked up 20 megahertz of nationwide mid-band spectrum with our WCS acquisition back in 2012. Recall, this is already picked up a lot of companies, and the FCC helped us get these licenses for mobile broadband. Then we bought another 20 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 2015 spectrum auction, and that block covers virtually the entire country.
And then after extensive assessment of the FirstNet RFP, we set winning the contract as a top priority for this company. We worked it hard and our effort paid off last month. And along with winning FirstNet, we get another 20 megahertz of premium low-band Spectrum to build this network. And then any surplus capacity can be used for our commercial customers. Then finally, we shut down our analog 2G network last year, and we're redeploying that spectrum nationwide as well.
So you add it all up, we now have more than 60 megahertz of fallow spectrum that were ready to light up, and we'll be deploying all the bands simultaneously starting this fall when states begin to opt in to the FirstNet. The efficiencies we'll gain from climbing the tower once to put up multiple bands of spectrum, those efficiencies are significant. And we're going to see those cost savings and the network performance materialize immediately, and then throughout the life of this multiyear build-out.
And so with that, let's talk about 5G. As you know, it requires higher-band spectrum that can transmit huge amounts of data over a very short distances. So earlier this year, we announced our first millimeter wave acquisition with FiberTower. And this gives us a very nice nationwide deep footprint in the higher bands. We filed for the license transfer, and we expect the FCC to approve this in late summer.
And then a few weeks ago, we announced our intent to acquire Straight Path and its nationwide millimeter licenses. And there's now a competing offer, as John pointed out, and we're going to be evaluating that over the next few days and decide how to respond. The bottom line, we built the overall leading spectrum position is going to allow us to fulfill our goal. And our goal is to put 1 gig speeds in our customer's hand no matter where they are on our network.
John Christopher Hodulik - UBS Investment Bank, Research Division - MD, Sector Head of the United States Communications Group, and Telco and Pay TV Analyst
Maybe first on the -- first on the satellite businesses, the linear TV. Are you guys seeing cannibalization from the DIRECTV Now product? And the churn you mentioned, is there way you could describe it to maybe traditional competitors versus these over-the-top guys and have you seen that accelerate since the launch of the YouTube TV a few weeks ago? That's first. And then maybe on the Straight Path and FiberTower deals. Could you just comment on how quickly you think that gets deployed? And is the holdings of the millimeter wave spectrum that you would have if you were able to successfully complete the Straight Path transaction, is that sort of what you need to sort of fulfill your sort of 5G initiatives?
Randall L. Stephenson - AT&T Inc. - Chairman, CEO and President
I'll start, John, and I'll let John Stephens clean up after me, okay? On the satellite question, there's obviously some cannibalization of DIRECTV Now, but it's fairly nominal, to be quite honest with you. This -- the satellite churn that I referenced, I mean, it is heavily concentrated, John. And in those customers where we just had a stand-alone TV product, it's not bundled with broadband or it's not bundled with our wireless service. And so, obviously, it's a world where the integrated offers are what's winning in the marketplace. And so you can figure out who were losing those subscribers, too, it's traditional cable players. And so this is where we're going to have to get aggressive in a number of areas, moving aggressively on bundling these satellite customers with our wireless offers and also doing some new things in the marketplace that we think can shore this up. But it's no secret where these are coming from. It's coming from integrated offers from other players in the market. And where we have multiproduct bundles in the marketplace, those customers, the churn rates continue to be very strong. And in fact, you saw phone churn, 0.9%. You put TV or broadband with it, and those churn rates just get even better. So we continue to be big, big advocates of the integrated bundle and multiple service bundles. And so we [ don't see that change as ] going to require us to get a little more aggressive on those single-play stand-alone TV offers. On Straight Path and FiberTower, so we've talked at length about when the standards are going to be out for 5G. I think we're now in 2018 time horizon. And so having equipment and handsets, we're talking 2019 before we start deploying at 2020. You probably have what I would call scale offerings. If we get both Straight Path and FiberTower accomplished, it pretty much builds our spectrum requirements we need for a long period of time as it relates to 5G deployment, John. So right now, this is all preparing for the future of 5G. And the standards are on track, and we hope to be deploying and putting this spectrum to work in the 2018, 2019 time frame, scaling in 2020.
John Joseph Stephens - AT&T Inc. - CFO and Senior EVP
John, with regard to that, as Randall said, the FiberTower itself gives us a base of 39 gigahertz nationwide to really build on and plan on. And then, so that in and of itself is a great starting point and gives our network team an opportunity to incorporate that planning into our project evolution in this next generation network. When you look at Straight Path, it really has 2 holdings. The 39 gigahertz, which would complement FiberTowers and give us that depth that we would prefer, and so that would be great. But it also has a strong 28 gigahertz speed, which we could incorporate into our network and use that way, or we could, as we've done in the past, use it as an opportunity for spectrum swaps to take advantage of other opportunities. I can give you a perfect example. This last quarter, I mentioned that we got about $100 million gain on the spectrum swap with Verizon, where we traded some PCS and AWS-3 licenses to get both of ourselves on a better position to serve our customers. So that's where it leave us. The 39 gigahertz would be a great depth of position. And quite frankly, with FiberTower, an opportunity to really plan on that build as we go into project evolution.
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