#TBT: T-Mo completes Metro merger; early forays into 5G; Softbank, Dish duel for Dash … this week in 2013


Editor’s Word: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Fireplace up the time machine, placed on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!

T-Mo and MetroPCS, fortunately ever after

Now that T-Cellular USA has accomplished its merger with MetroPCS, birthing the newly named T-Cellular US, the place does the operator go from right here? Positive, each manufacturers are set to proceed on of their present iterations, at the very least in the interim, however in some unspecified time in the future choices should be made. Does T-Cellular US proceed to place itself because the underdog to the larger gamers in Verizon Wi-fi, AT&T Mobility and Dash Nextel? Or, does it shift its focus downward, taking up the worth gamers within the area like Leap Wi-fi, Tracfone and varied cellular digital community operators. Extra urgent, if Dish Community’s present makes an attempt to amass Dash Nextel or Clearwire – or each – fails, does the newly extra impartial T-Cellular US change into the following goal for Charlie Ergen’s wi-fi ambitions? Operationally pre-merger, T-Cellular USA managed so as to add 579,000 prospects to its community through the first quarter of the yr, which was greater than triple its buyer progress for the primary quarter of 2012, and left the provider with just below 34 million prospects on the finish of the newest quarter. … Learn extra

Shiny, new T-Cellular US studies first quarter as a public firm

T-Cellular US (TMUS) launched its first earnings report as we speak as a public firm. The corporate was shaped by the mix of T-Cellular USA (which was 100% owned by Deutsche Telekom) and MetroPCS. That merger was finalized after the primary quarter ended, so as we speak’s Q1 earnings report contains outcomes for T-Cellular USA solely. For the primary time in 4 years, the corporate reported branded buyer progress, with 3,000 branded internet buyer additions. Its pay as you go enterprise grew for the seventh straight quarter, with 202,000 branded buyer additions. On the finish of March, T-Cellular USA had 34 million whole prospects, up 579,000 from December. Capital expenditures have been $1.1 billion as the corporate continued to construct out its LTE community, which it says now covers 7 main U.S. metropolitan areas. T-Cellular says it modernized roughly 16,000 websites with HSPA+ on 1900 MHz spectrum throughout Q1, and that its HSPA+ community now covers 170 million folks. … Learn extra

Samsung’s early forays into 5G

Samsung says it has discovered a solution to transmit knowledge within the millimeter-wave frequencies, providing the promise of speeds a number of hundred occasions quicker than these of present “4G” networks. The corporate says it has identified for years that “5G” communication would require extra frequencies, however that till now the millimeter-wave frequencies appeared out of attain as a result of indicators degrade earlier than they attain their vacation spot. Samsung’s innovation is an adaptive array transceiver that it says extends the gap that wi-fi indicators can journey at increased frequencies. The Korean firm says its transceiver know-how transmits knowledge for as much as 2 kilometers, at a frequency of 28 GHz NS at a velocity of as much as 1.056 gigabits per second. Two kilometers is after all not far sufficient for precise communication in most components of the world, and Samsung is aware of its resolution isn’t prepared for prime time but. The corporate is concentrating on a launch date of 2020. It expects as we speak’s announcement to inspire different firms to step up their very own “5G” analysis, and says it’s hoping that worldwide cooperation will expedite commercialization. … Learn extra

Softbank, Dish duel over Dash

Softbank continued its push to persuade Dash Nextel shareholders that its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of a 70% stake within the provider is superior than a competing provide from Dish Community, with the newest salvo involving a sponsored report undercutting the proposed worth of the Dish bid. The sponsored report, ready by Franklin Courtroom Companions managing director Scott Chandler, claims that Dish Community’s $25.5 billion provide to amass a 68% stake in Dash Nextel supplies unreasonable assumptions in proclaiming its true worth. A lot of the findings goal Dish Community’s price financial savings primarily based on operational synergies, which has been core to Softbank’s declare that it’s a higher suitor for Dash Nextel because it already operates within the cellular telecommunications trade. The report notes that Dish’s “projected price synergies are predominately non-network primarily based and are far increased than non-network synergies projected by acquirers in different giant wi-fi transactions.” Chandler additionally discovered that the claimed synergies can be more durable to attain as Dish and Dash Nextel would deliver collectively two firms at present working in several trade segments. … Learn extra

Smartphones prop up cell phone market

Surging smartphone gross sales saved the cell phone market rising through the first quarter, however simply barely. Worldwide cell phone gross sales have been up simply .7% from the primary quarter of final yr, in response to the newest analysis from Gartner. Smartphones now account for just below half of all cell phone gross sales worldwide, and can quickly account for the majority of cellphone gross sales if present traits proceed. Gartner says 426 million cell phones have been bought through the first quarter, and that 210 million of these have been smartphones. Smartphone gross sales have been up 43% from the year-ago quarter. Samsung is the main vendor, promoting an estimated 100 million cell phones, 65 million of which have been smartphones. Apple bought 38.Three million iPhones in Q1, incomes the No. 2 smartphone vendor place, and the No. Three cell phone vendor spot behind Nokia. Nokia, till not too long ago the world’s main cell phone vendor, bought 63.2 million telephones in Q1, 5.6 million of which have been Lumia smartphones. … Learn extra

Wheeler heads to the FCC

President Obama adopted by on expectations as we speak in nominating wi-fi trade veteran and former lobbyist Tom Wheeler as chairman of the Federal Communications Fee. Wheeler could be changing present FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who introduced as we speak that he can be leaving by the center of the month. Genachowski introduced in late March plans to step down as chairman having served in that capability since 2009. The transfer adopted an analogous announcement from Commissioner Robert McDowell, who was initially appointed to the FCC in 2006 by then President George W. Bush. Many have famous that it’s commonplace for each a democrat and republican member of the FCC to get replaced on the fee at first of a brand new presidential time period. Within the interim, Obama has designated present FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to function appearing chairman whereas Wheeler’s nomination goes by the affirmation course of. That course of is anticipated to take a number of months, by which time the FCC is anticipated to rule on Softbank’s pending acquisition of Dash Nextel in addition to AT&T’s pending acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum property from Verizon Wi-fi. Extra importantly, the FCC can be tasked with executing the extremely contentious incentive public sale of spectrum property within the 600 MHz band that’s set to have proceeds funneled to assist construct out a nationwide public-safety community by the FirstNet initiative. … Learn extra

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