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.