Sprint Does AT&T's Homework
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Jun 21, 2011, 3:16 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Taking another shot at AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, Sprint has submitted a plan to the Federal Communications Commission that details how AT&T can use its existing resources to expand its Long Term Evolution network without the need to buy T-Mobile. According to Sprint, AT&T can increase its network capacity by 600% if it deploys LTE over its current unused spectrum assets, increase the density of coverage with macro and small cells, and make more efficient use of its spectrum assets by upgrading existing network technology to LTE. In a statement, Sprint said, "Sprint's filing demonstrates that AT&T's purported rationale for the proposed merger — that there is no other way to meet its projected data service demand growth — is simply unfounded. AT&T could increase its capacity by developing its warehoused spectrum, accelerating its 4G network buildout, and implementing a more efficient network architecture. AT&T has not, and cannot, demonstrate that its proposed takeover of T-Mobile is in the public interest." The proposed acquisition is currently under FCC and DoJ review.
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Pretty much one of those "If we can't have T-Mobile, no one can!" attitudes if you ask me.
Way to go Sprint.
And rightfully so. Nothing good came from AT$T being the monster network they were. And everyone is trying to prevent history repeating it's self. I applaud Sprint, Verizon, MetroPCS, Cricket and all the other companies for trying to point out this glaring fact that everyone is apparently missing.
Sprint is the only carrier capable and willing to buy T-Mobile. Do they do it? If so, will Americans, businesses, and the government have a memory strong enough to remember Sprint's avid opposition of a three-carrier industry? If so, they could potentially be screwing their future selves by opposing this so strongly.
Why is it I fear logic won't prevail
AT&T's strength largely has been in the marketing department, rather that the network. Everytime I see a new ad on tv the BS astounds me. Now they are calling themselves "THE NETWORK", hmm where did I hear that before...
Its almost like they will do anything to deflect from their problems (Hire more lobbyists, more ad buys, buy up a smaller competitor) rather than invest a cent in their own network equipment. Comparing AT&T to VZW they are actually a much larger company, yet the way dollars move about take a much different path.
Why do people make jokes like "Hey isnt government intelligence an oxymoron?" It's becuase it is. When something makes sence and appears to be clearcut, it never is in the minds of politicians. We all knew that at&t had...
I remember an article here that said something about what? $18-19 billion into the network by the end of 2011? That's an awful lot of non-existant cents.
Kudos to Hesse!
Do not allow for one minute for the FCC, FTC or the SEC be bedazzled by the BS they are attempting to shovel!
Dan knows them better as he came from AT&T..
Keep it up!