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AT&T Moves to Block Xohm, Clearwire Merger

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miacol

Jul 27, 2008, 8:51 PM

My thoughts....

1. WiMax and LTE are similar to each other, if you google them and read about them you can see how similar the technologies are. Also Engadget published an article.

2. It makes sense for ATT to throw a road block because the longer they can keep Sprint tangled the more time they have to get LTE out to the market to compete head to head with Sprint.

3. LTE is suppose to be used by many GSM carriers, while WiMax will not, so what does that mean. That ATT and Verizon are looking at world strategies and not only US market. Vodafone is trying to clean up the mess that Verizon did by selling Verizon Latin America. This is also similar to CDMA vs. GSM, CDMA is a supperior technology, but the reality is it's not a world standard and no way Vo...
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your thoughts are my thoughts. your knowledge is on point about the similarities of LTE and WiMax. that is why it makes no sense when one might say LTE is better. Yes LTE is faster and newer technically. but in reality buy the time LTE is deployed, Wi...
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miacol said:
1. WiMax and LTE are similar to each other, if you google them and read about them you can see how similar the technologies are. Also Engadget published an article.

2. It makes sense for ATT to throw a road block b
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phonegnome

Jul 25, 2008, 3:47 PM

This is what i'm talking about!

while the two biggest companies are too busy buying subscribers("assets") to pass the bill down to their other "assets" they forgot who was coming out with the next generation of voice calling and data before anyone else! they are pissed because poor little ol sprint is going to be a few years ahead of them. everyone that jumped from the sprint ship, jumped in front of some moving buses!
I completly agree... Verizon is too busy focusing on the current situation... Sprint is looking 3-5 years down the road... Sprint hasn't made great financial decisions lately, but WiMax could be the answer to their financial problems, if ATT and VZW d...
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brianpaz

Jul 25, 2008, 6:53 PM

AT&T just realized

... that if WiMax is rolled out on schedule Sprint is going to have a huge headstart especially in the business sector.

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom"

and i think Sprint is making the right moves to re-establish itself. Wimax is going to kick ass. With Wimax it takes less towers to support far more users than the current cellular technology we are using today. So what does sprint do... sell a **** load of their towers.

A partnership with SK Telecom for new devices... hell yeah! **** i would love one of those video mobile phones that everybody has in korea/japan.

Its only going to get better for them... and hell who cares if they are setting themselves up for a buyout... even better for me cuz i bough...
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this is a huge advancement in how we will communicate. I can't wait. I guess AT@T was so wrapped up in a phone that's unquestionably awesome looking but does nothing, that they were'nt paying attention to the other news.
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brianpaz said:
... that if WiMax is rolled out on schedule Sprint is going to have a huge headstart especially in the business sector.

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom"

and i think Sprint is making the ri
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nextel18

Jul 28, 2008, 12:47 PM

Not a big deal here.

I don’t believe this is a big deal anyway as it technically is a merger so AT&T does have a beef with that, however, it won’t stop them from building out their network whether they do it as a joint company or separately with roaming agreements and sharing tools.
ygbhen

Jul 27, 2008, 12:09 PM

Title of this is Misleading

From reading this all I get from it is that AT&T wants the FCC to give the same scrutiny as their merger. I think AT&T knows that the merger will be approved but wants the FCC to make them divest something to get approval the same way they did and Verizon/Altell. I seriously doubt that AT&T is overly concerned about Wimax because business is good and HSPA upgrades will be coming soon as will the upgrade to LTE. Just looks like they want to kick Sprint in the nuts thats all Laughing
I think the recent selling of towers that sprint did was most likely that divestment, I am not sure though.
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ygbhen said:
From reading this all I get from it is that AT&T wants the FCC to give the same scrutiny as their merger. I think AT&T knows that the merger will be approved but wants the FCC to make them divest something to get appr
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BigShowJB

Jul 26, 2008, 10:10 AM

Big Blue says:

WWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



how long before Verizon joins the chorus?
Probably very soon. VZW and ATT are like Coke and Pepsi, of course they are competitors but, more then that, they both effectively driven any or most competition off the supermarket shelves.
AT&T's official corporate color is orange now, not blue. While the AT&T globe remains blue, orange is now the predominant color used in most of AT&T's ads.
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rmcnamee

Jul 26, 2008, 7:06 PM

AT&T Knew It All Along

There's absolutely no way that AT&T just found out about this. AT&T have likely been planning this all along. It isn't the best thing for the consumer because WiMAX really is the best thing that will be available until LTE comes out with everyone else.

The question is, will WiMAX hold up? I think WiMAX will gather a large audience right away (business customers, wireless gaming and other fun things), but will it have enough of a head start to matter?

LTE isn't far away, and AT&T knows it, and that's why they're making this move to block WiMAX/Sprint; they want to even the playing field a little bit.

It's not good for the consumer, and I'm pissed at AT&T for that. But really, have cell phone companies ever played fair OR done what's ...
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Actually neither one will be better than the other. they will be more like cousins rather than competitors. they will actually compliment each other. True: LTE is newer and potentially faster but in order to make sure clients can communicate with one ...
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rmcnamee

Jul 26, 2008, 8:50 PM

Cost?

Does anyone know what any of these new devices will cost for either WiMAX or LTE? Cost of service? This may sound dumb, but is it a possibility that my phone bill will go down?

I know there will be the cost of implementation, but in the end it seems that these new technologies will be cheaper to operate, so that's why I ask.

Just to clarify, I'm looking for end-user cost. I could care less what the operators have to pay for it.
Odds are the cost to the user will go up. Keep in mind that today's backhaul from cell site to switch is done via T1 (in the US.....probably different overseas). Even though most sites require much more than 1 T1, everything is broken down to that lev...
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Dre

Jul 26, 2008, 9:29 PM

Tell AT&T I said to stop hating.

Clearwire's still small and cute.

Let it slide, AT&T ... let it slide.

Haters.

(I use Clearwire, so I'm just hoping for a little better coverage.)
ElTriste

Jul 26, 2008, 3:44 PM

Monoply security

Att is only doing this because they're afraid sprint may actually be on to something. A west coast cleawire rep who was in charge of pitching and demonstrating to investors told me about WiMax in sacramento...and the usuable WiMax network in portland oregon...gave me the complete run down...WiMax is more then you need...faster the comcast...16mbps up, 20 mbps down...REAL time. At peak almost 20 up and 30 down...so to be completely honest, ATT knows this, and they sound like they're not as certain that LTE is going to be the way to go anymore...cause once Wimax is launched nationally...IT's gonna be very hard to pry people away. Internet servers are built to upload so fast (at the mercy of the bandwidth) So WiMax is going to offer peak up and...
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youareretarded

Jul 25, 2008, 2:44 PM

Interesting....

The only reason I can see ATT doing this is out of fear of the new tech. Makes Sprint's latest decisions seem pretty on point doesn't it? This bodes quite well for the WiMax tech if a company is afraid of its nationwide deployment.

...I wonder if Verizon will jump on with ATT and also ask for some scrutiny.
I don't believe it's as much out of fear of new, (competing) technology as it is an act of "what's fair is fair."

By striking a deal with Clearwire, Sprint effectively sidestepped any and all regulatory measures every other provider would have went...
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T Mobster

Jul 26, 2008, 12:14 AM

AT&T "Your world, delivered....eventually"

AT&T sucks...they're just so petty and frivolous. Boo hoo hoo you have competition, you big pathetic babies. Lower your crack head prices and offer faster and better quality service. You can't take the money to the after-life with you!!
flashbox

Jul 25, 2008, 4:24 PM

Sprint just got wtf pwned

That is all
In all honesty, it is bit late for them to even get this aprooved, unless FCC goes all wacko. AT&T is most likely having a hissy fit.
willv

Jul 25, 2008, 2:56 PM

normal?

isnt this just like vzw having to sell off things to buy alltel?
 
 
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