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The merged company would have a combined total of around 127.2 million wireless subscribers, putting it close to AT&T’s 141.6 million subscribers and Verizon’s 150.5 million
WASHINGTON — Last week T-Mobile and Sprint announced their long-anticipated merger . But will the deal stand up to the scrutiny of regulators?
“Although the Trump administration is generally seen as more friendly to the telco industry than the Obama administration was, it has taken issue with some mega-mergers, most notably AT&T’s bid for Time Warner,” according to Wired magazine . “The combination of T-Mobile and Sprint, the third and fourth largest mobile providers, respectively, would bring the number of major cellular carriers down from four to three, which could attract a lot of scrutiny.”
The merged company would have a combined total of around 127.2 million wireless subscribers, putting it close to AT&T’s 141.6 million subscribers and Verizon’s 150.5 million.
Those opposed to the deal say it will result in less competition and higher prices, but defenders argue that a combined T-Mobile and Sprint could put more downward pricing pressure on AT&T and Verizon.
The current administration, and the FCC in particular, “has a generally more laissez-faire attitude toward both the telco industry and mergers…but the administration also has a populist streak that could foil, or at least slow down, this merger,” according to the same article.
The administration recently blocked Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom’s acquisition of Qualcomm out of fears that “a consolidated chip market would give China’s ambitions in the industry an edge.”
T-Mobile and Sprint are both already foreign-owned.
If approved by regulators, the new company would be henceforth known as T-Mobile
BELLEVUE, Wash., and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — T-Mobile US and Sprint Corporation on Sunday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be called T-Mobile.
The combined company will have “lower costs, greater economies of scale, and the resources to provide U.S. consumers and businesses with lower prices, better quality, unmatched value, and greater competition,” according to this press release about the merger. “The New T-Mobile will employ more people than both companies separately and create thousands of new American jobs.” The same document goes on to say that from the first day Sprint and T-Mobile combine and every year thereafter, the new company will employ more people in the U.S. than both companies would separately; more than 200,000 people will work on behalf of the combined company in the US at the start.
The question is, how and why will that happen? According to the same release, “the New T-Mobile plans to invest up to $40 billion in its new network and business in the first three years alone, a massive capital outlay that will fuel job growth at the new company and across related sectors. This is 46% more than T-Mobile and Sprint spent combined in the past three years.”
“This combination will also force AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Verizon, and others to make investments of their own to compete, driving billions more in accelerated investment.”
You really need to take what is said in press releases like this with a grain of salt but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt right now.
“Neither company standing alone can create a nationwide 5G network with the breadth and depth required to fuel the next wave of mobile Internet innovation in the U.S. and answer competitive challenges from abroad. Only the combined company will have the network capacity required to quickly create a broad and deep 5G nationwide network in the critical first years of the 5G innovation cycle – the years that will determine if American firms lead or follow in the 5G digital economy.”
This will be accomplished using Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum and T-Mobile’s nationwide 600 MHz spectrum, and other combined assets. “Compared to T-Mobile’s network today, the combined company’s network is expected to deliver 15x faster speeds on average nationwide by 2024, with many customers experiencing up to 100x faster speeds than early 4G.”
Time will tell if that comes true of course. First the merger has to really happen. Following the closing, the new company will be headquartered in Bellevue with a second headquarters in Overland Park.
Customers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will begin experiencing “5G-like” capabilities, as Sprint rolls out Massive MIMO
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — In April, Sprint customers in select U.S. markets will experience “the future of wireless” as the company prepares its first 5G mobile network in the first half of 2019.
Customers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will begin experiencing “5G-like” capabilities, including significant increases in data speed and capacity, as Sprint rolls out advanced network technology called Massive MIMO, according to this press release from Sprint. The company will aggressively expand to additional markets including Atlanta, Houston and Washington later this year.
Sprint’s first 5G-ready Massive MIMO cell sites are capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems. All Sprint customers using a 2.5 GHz (band 41) device will benefit from the increased capacity and speed provided by Massive MIMO. Sprint is working with Qualcomm and device manufacturers to launch 5G mobile devices in the first half of 2019. The recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem supports 5G NR for Sprint’s 2.5 GHz (n41) spectrum band.
Sprint will deploy 64T64R (64 transmit, 64 receive) Massive MIMO radios using 128 antennas working with technology leaders Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung Electronics. The Massive MIMO radios from all three suppliers are software-upgradable to 5G without additional tower climbs. The Massive MIMO radios support split-mode service, enabling Sprint to offer both 4G LTE and 5G on the same radio.
In 2018 and 2019 Sprint expects to deploy thousands of Massive MIMO radios, significantly increasing network capacity for millions of customers across the country, according to the same press release.
T-Mobile plans to have its 5G network built-out in 30 cities by the end of 2018. The first four of those were recently announced — New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas, according to theverge.com .
Unfortunately, no one will actually be able to use the 5G network this year, though. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said it wouldn’t be until this time next year that the first phones that could use the network will become available. When the time does come what can consumers expect? Speeds should be faster, but T-Mobile (and other carriers) are talking about 5G as an extension of LTE, rather than a replacement for it.
“5G is another incremental step, and it will become a much larger one as time moves forward,” Ray said, quoted in the same article.
T-Mobile plans to use millimeter wave spectrum and more traditional LTE-range wireless bands to build its 5G network, which should provide enhanced speeds and broad reach.