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T-Mobile USA Scores AWS Spectrum, UMTS Roaming from AT&T

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Dec 20, 2011, 9:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom has revealed the terms of the break-up fee owed to Deutsche Telekom now that it and AT&T have agreed to cease pursuing AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. AT&T has to pay Deutsche Telekom $3 billion in cash, which it will do by the end of the year. T-Mobile USA will be awarded with a large package of AWS mobile spectrum in 128 markets, including 12 of the top 20 markets in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle). In addition to the spectrum, AT&T has agreed to sign a seven-year UMTS roaming agreement that gives T-Mobile USA a coverage boost from 230 million POPs to 280 million POPs. The roaming agreement gives T-Mobile a significantly larger service footprint for UMTS-based voice and data. Timing for the transfer of the AWS spectrum licenses wasn't disclosed.


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Dec 21, 2011, 2:43 PM


Talk about getting a lot of something for nothing.

Pretty awesome for T-Mobile.
It's called mutual respect. A great way to behave.

Dec 20, 2011, 10:04 AM


Tmobile must of known from the start that the merger would have failed because thru the whole process they were really quiet. They were better off with the merger failing than succeeding.
And customers are better off with the "4G" HSPA+ instead of LTE? Since DT is looking to get rid of this, do not expect investing in LTE.
of course they were quiet 🙂
if they weren't quiet and the merger failed, they couldn've lost the breakup fees

Dec 20, 2011, 10:04 AM

Looks like the HSPA+ 1900 band will be put on their upcoming 3G phones

How will T-Mobile take advantage of the UMTS roaming agreement from AT&T? Majority of T-Mobile's 3G phones do not have 1900MHz 3G. I know they might have the OEMs start putting them in, for next years phones.
When pentaband phones become more common it will make a difference. And not only TMO. For both GSM carriers.

Then again all is speculation.
The majority of AT&T's 3G network has been switched from the 1900MHz to their 850Mhz band for better coverage. I'm guessing thats how T-Mo will be able to utilize it.
my vibrant phone has 3G on 1900/2100 and AWS 1700/2100 as do all other smart phones i've considered buying
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