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Sprint officially opposes creation of a “New Ma Bell duopoly”

Sprint looks set to launch a challenge to the proposed AT&T-T-Mobile merger

America’s third-placed carrier Sprint has released a statement officially opposing the proposed $39bn merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Senior vice president for Sprint’s Government Affairs division, Vonya McCann, said that “Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” adding that the transaction would “harm consumers and competition at a time when this country can least afford it.”

AT&T stands to make the most from T-Mobile deal

AT&T and T-Mobile have dropped their proposed $39bn merger

The pending deal between AT&T and T-Mobile USA is symptomatic of growing market maturity in the US but will be better for the American telco than it will for Deutsche Telekom, according to Ovum analyst Steven Hartley.

Obermann pulls an ace from his sleeve

Rene Obermann has pulled off one of the most spectacular bluffs in recent history by engineering the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary to AT&T, a move predicted by few, but one that will dramatically alter the structure of the US mobile industry if approved.

O2 Germany to launch commercial LTE July 1st

O2 Germany will launch its LTE network in July

O2 Germany will launch commercial LTE services on July 1st this year. The announcement, which was made at a CeBIT press conference yesterday, was sketchy on details regarding speed and pricing. The new network will reportedly offer speeds in line with an “average DSL connection” and run on Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei kit.

T-Mobile USA suffers heavy postpaid losses

Is the iPhone behind T-Mobile's American problems?

Net losses of high-value contract customers – to the tune of 318,000 – have put a dampener on an increase of 295,000 prepaid users and a 0.9 percent on year increase in revenue for the last quarter of 2010.

Everything Everywhere sheds prepay customers

Everything Everywhere is bucking a global trend by focusing on postpaid customers

Everything Everywhere, the joint-venture between T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, has reported losses of one million pay-as-you-go customers since its formation in April last year. The company, which is jointly-owned by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, said that the results reflect consolidation and an increased focus on more profitable postpaid customers rather than full-on churn, citing contract adds of 752,000 over nine months.

GSMA backs NFC as UK MNOs flag collaboration

The GSMA has announced its backing for the commercial roll out of NFC services by 2012

Vodafone, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile have announced their intention to launch NFC mobile payment services in the UK by 2012. Near-field communications (NFC) has been building a head of steam in recent months, with the likes of Google, RIM and Visa announcing their support.

T-Mobile UK calls time on unlimited data deals

The all-you-can-eat data party has been over for some time already

UK operator T-Mobile, now part of Everything Everywhere, piqued the consumer press on Tuesday with a new mandate to curb multimedia downloads and save its network from congestion. But the all-you-can-eat data party has been over for some time already and with no adverse effects to users.

Merger of 3UK and T-Mobile UK networks complete

12,000 UK sites have been consolidated as part of the MBNL project

Ericsson has announced that the project to merge the UK 3G networks of T-Mobile and 3 has been completed, with more than 12,000 sites consolidated. The two carriers created a third party organisation, Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) in 2007 to run the joint network, with Ericsson the primary service provider to MBNL.

T-Mobile USA joins FreeMove

T-Mobile USA has joined the FreeMove alliance between Deutsche Telekom, Orange, TeliaSonera, and Italy’s TIM.As part of this move, T-Mobile USA plans to offer the FreeMove Alliance’s advanced solutions to multinational clients, especially those requiring communications both in the United States and Europe.

T-Mobile USA extends wifi calling to Android

T-Mobile USA is to make wifi calling available on a wide selection of its Android-powered smartphones including the recently announced T-Mobile myTouch and Motorola Defy. Customers wifi access points are powered by Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application. T-Mobile said it hosts approximately 40 million wifi calls per month.

Everything Everywhere details first results

The newly merged mobile operations of UK operators T-Mobile and Orange, Everything Everywhere, reported 27.9 million subscriptions at end June, up 3.4 per cent year-on-year. EBITDA came in at £309m, down from £379m in 2Q09 as service revenues decreased over the same period, mainly due to termination rates. Everything Everywhere confirmed that it will meet its synergy net present value target of at least £3.5bn.

10,000th shared site activated in MBNL network

The MBNL project is the most advanced network sharing integration programme undertaken

Swedish infrastructure player Ericsson has announced that the MBNL network shared by T-Mobile and 3 in the UK now has 10,000 active shared sites. MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Ltd) was created as a joint venture between the UK arms of T-Mobile and 3 in 2007, with the aim of consolidating the two carriers’ networks into one. The completed project will see an active shared network of 12,400 cell sites.

Orange, T-Mobile begin network merger

The 50:50 joint venture, Everything Everywhere, created a new market leader with over 34 million subscribers and a 43 per cent share of the UK market

The UK arms of Orange and T-Mobile began promoting the consumer benefits of their mammoth merger on Monday. But the service improvement promises made by the newly created company—Everything Everywhere—seemed to carry an acknowledgement that the coverage profiles of the two networks individually were previously somewhat lacking.

Sprint extends WiMAX reach; considers LTE

Sprint chief executive Dan Hesse has said that the company is also considering a shift to LTE

US carrier Sprint this week launched WiMAX in a handful of new metropolitan areas amid speculation that the firm is also considering an LTE strategy that could pave the way to a merger with T-Mobile USA.

Operators lose battle against roaming price caps

Operators lose battle against roaming price caps

Four of Europe’s largest mobile operators – Vodafone, Telefónica O2, T-Mobile and Orange – lost their battle with European authorities on Tuesday, after the European Court of Justice ruled that roaming caps can stick.

LTE: Kim Larsen, T-Mobile

Here we talk to Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, director of technology services and international network economics at T-Mobile and get his thoughts on sweating existing operator assets and for how long that can be done.

T-Mobile USA chief to quit

Robert Dotson, T-Mobile USA CEO (left) will be replaced by Philipp Humm, CEO for Europe

The head of T-Mobile USA has announced his resignation from the company, stepping down after 15 years with the carrier. Robert Dotson, president and chief executive officer, will leave within 12 months, sticking around in some capacity until May 2011 to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.

Network economics

It’s generally accepted that existing wireless technologies still have a decent lifespan ahead of them. Most of the people telecoms.com spoke to at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam expect 4G, 3G and even 2G to co-exist for some time yet. Here we talk to Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, director of technology services and international network economics at T-Mobile and get his thoughts on sweating existing operator assets and for how long that can be done.

Orange, T-Mobile merge as Everything Everywhere

Orange, T-Mobile joint venture to be called Everything Everywhere

The combined entity formed by UK mobile operators Orange and T-Mobile will be called Everything Everywhere, it was announced on Tuesday. We’re not sure about the name but both the Orange and T-Mobile brands will be maintained – a wise decision.

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