Again: Sprint and T-Mobile could merge if Sprint moves to LTE

By: t-marco July 13th, 2010

Sprint Nextel, the first U.S. carrier to roll out a 4G network, is considering changing its 4G strategy in a way that could encourage a merger with T-Mobile, according to a July 12 report from the Financial Times.

According to Technology Business Research Analyst Ken Hyers, the rollout of an LTE network would be in keeping with statements Clearwire has made — and would prevent Sprint from being isolated in its technology choice as Verizon and AT&T’s 4G networks go live.

“Clearly, the U.S. market cannot support four competitive national operators. T-Mobile currently has the fastest 3G wireless network in the market, but its coverage is smaller than any other major operator, and like Sprint it continues to lose postpaid customers to AT&T and Verizon Wireless,” Hyers told eWEEK. “A tie-up between the two smaller nationwide operators would allow them to share spectrum and network-buildout costs, while continuing to operate independently.”

Hyers continued, “I believe that a network sharing partnership between Sprint and T-Mobile USA would be an effective way for them to rapidly build a high-speed wireless broadband network while claiming bragging rights to having the biggest and fastest network.”

May happen or may not.. we have to wait until we get some official news.


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6 Responses to “Again: Sprint and T-Mobile could merge if Sprint moves to LTE”

  1. @ramonbnuezjr on July 16th, 2010 7:28 pm

    I am assuming a merger would mean that T-Mobile USA would be rolled into Sprint Nextel? I am asking the question because Hyers states, "while continuing to operate independently.” Additionally, where does Deutsche Telekom weigh-in on all of this speculation?

  2. anonymous on July 19th, 2010 1:12 pm

    this would be a good thing for tmobile. right now, tmobile is number 4 out of verizon, at&t, sprint, and itself. i hope this happens because i have tmobile currently. another thing. i wonder if the add a line to a family plan will still be $5 a month?

  3. anonymous on July 19th, 2010 1:13 pm

    …$5 a month.

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