MetroPCS Mulling All Options to Increase Capacity
Speaking to investors today, MetroPCS CFO J. Braxton Carter said that the pre-paid mobile operator is "looking at everything out there" with respect to increasing its spectrum holdings and boosting coverage. In December 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported that MetroPCS was looking to acquire bankrupt TerreStar's assets in a bid to strengthen its presence in the U.S. Now, Bloomberg reports that MetroPCS is considering a deal with Lightsquared and others in order to increase its capacity. Carter said of Lightsquared, "If they can get funding and if they can get the network built, it's a wonderful option for us." The company may fund these investments by taking an additional $1.5 billion loan. MetroPCS is currently deploying Long Term Evolution across its footprint in the U.S., but the company doesn't have the spectrum to match the types of LTE networks being built by Verizon Wireless and, eventually, AT&T.
T-Mobile Prepared to Buy Lots of 600MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the Uncarrier is making plans to participate in next year's incentive auction and it will be on the hunt for low-band spectrum. Carter indicated the company has as much as $10 billion to spend on spectrum, though it expects to spend much less than that to get what it needs to expand coverage.
MetroPCS to Sell the iPhone
T-Mobile's prepaid brand, MetroPCS, today said it will soon sell the entire range of iPhones from Apple. MetroPCS plans to kick off iPhone sales at select stores in Florida on July 1, but will expand to all stores around the nation soon.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
Types of LTE networks?
So Metro's LTE network is a different type from Verizon's?
MetroPCS is deploying LTE in its current PCS 1900 MHz and/or AWS 2100+1700 MHz licensed spectrum. This is different from VZW, which is ...
1.5 billion loan?