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T-Mobile: Four major U.S. carriers to 'likely' be reduced to three in future

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Nov 2012 11:42 User comments (2)

T-Mobile: Four major U.S. carriers to 'likely' be reduced to three in future T-Mobile USA, the U.S.' fourth-largest carrier, has said today that it expects only three of the major carriers to make it into the future.
The carrier recently just announced a merger with MetroPCS that should be completed early next year.

Even with the merger, however, the company still trails the big 3 significantly. Verizon and AT&T have over 110 million subscribers each while Sprint has 56 million. T-Mobile with MetroPCS has about 39 million.

"A major part of our strategy is to drive some shift in share amongst the big four, and that's going to be the richest area we see with the greatest return," added CEO John Legere. "There is a near- and medium-term opportunity for us to aggressively grow and take on share."

Legere also specifically named AT&T and Sprint when saying rival carriers have some "challenges with a limited LTE capacity."

More notably, T-Mobile Chief Operating Officer Jim Alling said an industry deal to consolidate the major carriers is likely into the future, but not during the tenure of President Obama. "Is it possible that four major players could go down to three?" Alling added. "I think that is possible, and likely in the longer term. I don't know how likely that is, based on the current regulatory environment."

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2 user comments

118.11.2012 03:50

I wonder if they will callit ee(everything everywhere) like in the uk where t-mobile and organge have merge to bring the first 4g network to the uk.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Nov 2012 @ 3:50

220.11.2012 15:34

So he's saying T-Mobile is going to be dead soon? They're the smallest player. I don't see AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon going anywhere.

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