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10 January 2013
| Kavit Majithia
By the end of 2012, it appeared the scene had been set for the US wireless market going into the New Year. As Richard Karpinski, senior analyst at Yankee Group, describes it: "We seemed to have settled in to a nice sort of equilibrium."
Verizon looked set to nurture its lead in LTE by increasing
its roll-out, with closest rival AT&T aggressively
competing to consolidate its position by closing a slew of
spectrum deals. Softbank-backed Sprint looked set to take
Clearwire, and in turn, its spectrum, while T-Mobile was to
increase presence and power through MetroPCS. A profitable year
all round, on all accounts.
Colorado-based satellite provider Dish Network has other
ideas. Its unsolicited bid for...
Deutsche Telekom could retain ownership of T-Mobile US for at least another year, after doubts were raised over the possibility of an improved bid for the company from French operator Iliad.
T-Mobile US has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson’s equipment for the upgrade of the its nationwide 4G LTE network, and the expansion of its VoLTE services.
French player Iliad is reportedly facing numerous hurdles in its attempts to acquire T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom.
US technology giant Microsoft has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV.
Fran Shammo, CFO at Verizon Communications, has said that the company would consider divesting a number of network assets, including its cell towers.
AT&T is reportedly open to making an acquisition in Mexico as América Móvil chief Carlos Slim prepares to divest some of his assets in the country.