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Your U.S. telecom debt champion is … Verizon

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If I say “telecom debt,” what comes to mind? CLECs? Junk bonds? Venture capital? Chapter 11? 2002? All that and more is associated with the pile-up of borrowed money that telecom seems to require. But the biggest telecom debtor in … Continue reading

Fewer people work for Sprint than for T-Mobile

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Sprint’s first official layoff announcement following new CEO Marcelo Claure’s clear orders to slim down only gave the required financial disclosure: $160 million in severance costs. Talk about begging the question – the number of actual people laid off went … Continue reading

The bargaining over the sale of Sprint wireline is under way

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Sprint never did issue a press release announcing their attempt to buy T-Mobile under terms agreeable to both SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom. They didn’t have to – everyone knew the deal was in the works. Announcing the proposed deal would … Continue reading

T-Mobile still a candidate for takeover, but any old buyer won’t do

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Just because the U.S. government basically forced Sprint to go it alone in the wireless market doesn’t mean that T-Mobile can’t still be sold to somebody else. A successful buyout of T-Mobile US would mean the third time’s the charm. AT&T … Continue reading

The onrushing issue of Ethernet access

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Let’s play a word association game. If I say “Ethernet access,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? “10 megabits per second”? I can understand that answer. It’s what I would have said up until recently. As of now, … Continue reading

Wireless and wireline come together at AT&T, so be prepared

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Carrier executives come and go, and sometimes they just play musical chairs. Still, a shift yesterday in AT&T’s top ranks portends more than the usual seat-shifting. Ralph de la Vega, formerly AT&T Mobility’s CEO, is getting a brand new position … Continue reading

New Sprint CEO walks tall but faces a very new sort of challenge

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Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s new CEO, is an impressive guy. He started cell-phone recycler and distributor Brightstar Corp. in 1997, built it to $10 billion in revenues, and sold most of it last year to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. He owns … Continue reading

Regulators say no to Sprint’s merger dreams, and Sprint says bye to Hesse

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The deal was never announced, so it doesn’t have to be formally withdrawn. But Sprint has decided to end its long-obvious pursuit of an acquisition of T-Mobile US. The key problem from beginning to end: U.S. regulators would turn the … Continue reading