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Sprint, T-Mobile, Rural Carriers Prepping 'Data Hub'

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Mar 26, 2014, 2:07 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Competitive Carrier Association is expected to announce what it calls the Data Access Hub at an event later this week. The Hub is a collection of roaming agreements between small, rural carriers and larger ones, such as Sprint and T-Mobile. The purpose of the Hub is to give Sprint and T-Mobile access to the rural networks of regional carriers, and give those regional carriers access to Sprint and T-Mobile's metropolitan LTE 4G networks. With expanded coverage, Sprint and T-Mobile will be better able to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. "The hub is all about providing coverage," said CCA president Steve Berry to CNET. "It would take billions of dollars and several years to build the kind of coverage AT&T and Verizon have today. That's why this concept of the hub is so empowering to smaller players and bigger operators like Sprint and T-Mobile. It gives them choices and incentives to invest in the networks they already operate." Carriers need only sign a single agreement with the Hub, and they'll be granted roaming access to all the other carriers that participate in the Hub. The Hub will include all current wireless technologies, including 2G, 3G, and LTE 4G. Berry said devices that can support nearly all U.S. LTE bands are on the way and, together with VoLTE, will give Hub members' customers a much better experience as they move around the country. More details will be revealed on Thursday.


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Mar 26, 2014, 4:18 PM

Great Choice.

With the upcoming auction for 600mhz spectrum, we know who will be the first ones to line up and pad the Government for it.

Sprint and Tmobile have no choice but to share with other carriers in order to compete. Even this measure will lack the competitive edge. However, it is a great choice to expand the coverage even more to outlining markets while the two expand their native areas.

I have said it until I'm blue in the face. There is no better time for a union of Tmobile and Sprint than right now. Those that downplay this possibility, are not true to a competive market. Both need to grow and increase revenue. If people want to keep the charade open in claiming Sprint doesn't want to succeed, take a look at what it is trying to accom...
They do not need to merge, agreements like this one can make all the world of difference making them more allies than a single company so that each company can continue their distinct disruptions in the industry.

Sprint needs to finish what they've...
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