Sprint mulling move to LTE, merger with T-Mobile?

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    Sprint mulling move to LTE, merger with T-Mobile?


    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is at it again. Just yesterday Hesse relayed controversial regarding the current state of Sprint's 4G network, and his doubts going into the future. Well today, Hesse sat down with Financial Times, and in what seems like a seamless segue from yesterday's WSJ interview, he suggests that Sprint would consider adopting LTE, and move away from its current WiMax service. Does this mean that a merger with T-Mobile would be a possibility? Dan Hesse thinks so.

    In 2008, Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile's parent company) was considering to purchase Sprint, and merge it with T-Mobile. However, the deal fell through because at the time, both companies used different 3G technologies. And if Sprint ends up adopting LTE, in two-three years both Sprint and T-Mobile would be using the same 4G technology. This could possibly open up the door to a merger between the nations 3rd and 4th largest wireless providers. Hesse explains that LTE will complement, and not replace, its current WiMax coverage.

    It has been suggested that neither T-Mobile nor Sprint would survive on its own over the next couple years, due to its competitors Verizon and AT&T continuing to siphon their subscribers. Thus a merger could be in the best interest of both T-Mobile and Sprint. Dan Hesse, when approached with the question on merging both companies, agreed that there was logic to a merger, but denied any current talks.

    So, what does everyone think of the future of T-Mobile and Sprint? Will moving to LTE enhance Sprint's future outlook? Has T-Mobile already lost the opportunity, considering it hasn't even began to build a 4g infrastructure? Let us know.

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    Source: Financial Times
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    I've been expecting a merger between the two for about a year now, not surprised at all. I originally thought T-Mobile would have tried to implement WiMax of their own, until both Sprint and Clear announced the possibilities of LTE use. I think it is a great idea for the two to merge.

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