The FCC has granted Sprint’s request to allow it to deploy LTE services in its 800 MHz band assignments.
This is a big deal, both for Sprint and for LTE deployment as the de facto 4G-ish standard.
The FCC’s decision (found HERE) allows Sprint to re-purpose its Nextel 800 MHz spectrum (the old iDEN band) . . . → Read More: Sprint(ing) Forward to 800 MHz LTE
Please feed the T-Mobile Kitty. (Photo illustration by Jonathan Kramer)
So T-Mobile, recently left at the alter by AT&T, is now looking for $9B to build out a LTE network that can compete with AT&T.
T-Mobile has a great start towards its goal when you consider that AT&T gave it $4B as a parting . . . → Read More: Buddy, can you spare $9B?
AT&T’s intended takeover of T-Mobile was supposed to give AT&T access and control of badly needed spectrum. The demands on spectrum are growing faster than Apple can sell iPhones. Unfortunately, while AT&T was busy trying to consume the 4th largest wireless provider in the United States and fighting with the Department of Justice, Verizon was . . . → Read More: The Spectrum Dilemma: What’s a Carrier to do?
AT&T announced today that it has given up on merging with T-Mobile, and will pay T-Mobile the tidy sum of $4,000,000,000 (yeah, that’s $4B) as a parting gift.
Look for T-Mobile to either buy some second tier carriers, to perhaps do a deal with Sprint (see that posting here).
. . . → Read More: AT&T-T (AT&T Pulls the Wireless Plug on T-Mobile Deal)
I have to wonder whether the following might happen:
1. The Department of Justice is successful in its suit to block the proposed AT&T&T merger or AT&T gives up, pays T-Mobile the $6B cancellation fee; and then
(….hear in your mind’s ear the ethereal sounds of harps and chimes….)
2. King Deutsche Telekom–disappointed at the . . . → Read More: SprinT-Mobile?
Attached to this post is the antitrust complaint filed today by the U.S. Department of Justice against AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile’s parent).
Case No. 1:11-cv-01560, assigned to Hon. Ellen S. Huvelle
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLIANT IN PDF FORMAT (about 1 MB)
. . . → Read More: Actual Complaint: U.S. v. AT&T/T-Mobile
In a copyrighted story that appeared in the 8/11/11 edition of Wireless Week, Maisey Ramsay wrote about an AT&T/T-Mobile merger document that appeared on the FCC’s web site, and then disappeared few hours later.
According to Maisey’s story, the interesting AT&T document showed that if the Commission approves the proposed T-Mobile merger, AT&T will expand . . . → Read More: It’s the Money, Stupid!
The California Public Utilities Commission will launch an investigation into the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
The Commission, which is now populated by a majority of members appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will evaluate whether to propose conditions on the merger. The Commission will be taking public testimony, and moving its review along a fast track which . . . → Read More: CPUC to Review AT&T&T Proposed Merger
Reuters is reporting that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes that his company will have to divest portions of its existing wireless network to secure federal permissions to acquire T-Mobile. Stephenson’s comments were made in New York at a Council on Foreign Relations event held on March 30, 2011
My suspicion is that T-Mobile will be . . . → Read More: AT&T&T Likely to Have to Divest Portions of Networks