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T-Mobile’s march to full relevance runs through American TV broadcasters

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The official U.S. government policy to maintain four national wireless carriers rather than the three that many other countries enjoy has been confirmed by the government’s two firm rejections of attempts to buy out T-Mobile US Inc. It doesn’t really matter … Continue reading

Threatening not to invest in the network is “so 2009″

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Score this one for Verizon vs. AT&T. Every carrier that counts was faced with a quick decision on Wednesday. They were all scheduled to have a senior executive speak at a Wells Fargo telecom and media investors’ conference in New … 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The deal was never announced, so it doesn’t have to be formally withdrawn.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

What to think when another bidder says they want to buy T-Mobile

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Yesterday a company you’ve probably never heard of said they want to buy T-Mobile. Is this a bidding war against Sprint and SoftBank, a ruse to get Sprint and SoftBank to formally announce their bid, or simply a publicity stunt? … Continue reading

Deal or no deal? Sprint/T-Mobile waits until September

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If there’s going to be a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, it looks like it’s not going to be announced next month. Maybe everybody should mark their calendars for Tuesday, September 2. That’s the day after the U.S. Labor Day … Continue reading

A big cable merger may not be the best path to a big enterprise footprint

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If the biggest problem in the enterprise market for cable companies is their scattered footprints, might this be one case where a giant merger actually works to users’ benefit by consolidating territories? It’s a live question now that arguably the … Continue reading

Cox purchase of Tulsa CLEC to have wider implications

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It’s a telecom headline that sounds routine but isn’t. EasyTEL, a non-incumbent metro provider (or what everybody used to call a CLEC) with strong brand recognition in Tulsa, Okla., is being purchased by cable giant Cox Communications. Three aspects of this … Continue reading

SIP over MPLS? Check. Packaged LD pricing? Check. Concurrent call pooling? Well …

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Looking out over the term of their next carrier deal, enterprise users face the possibility that by the time of contract expiration, the Public Switched Telephone Network will be gone. Or at least you get that idea from the noises … Continue reading