Rumor: T-Mobile May Partner For 4G Network Buildout


I wasn’t really sure what to make of this yesterday and I’m not sure what to make of it today but apparently T-Mobile is exploring a deal with Harbinger Capital Partners. According to the Financial Times, unnamed sources said that Deutsche Telekom “has held preliminary talks with Harbinger over the network, but no decision has been made.” Harbinger, which has plans to build a nationwide, wholesale LTE network would see a much-needed infusion of support if T-Mobile were to jump on board and both Verizon and AT&T oppose the buildout. T-Mobile, which has obvious plans to compete in the immediate future with an HSPA+ network, will eventually need to build out a 4G network in order to have long run opportunity in the mobile space. The marketing game by itself, with “4G” consistently being tossed around will require such a move. This news comes right on the heels of Deutsche Telekom CEO again committing itself to the T-Mobile USA property but stating they aren’t “fully satisfied” with the carriers operations. T-Mobile, we love thee but these rumors of buildouts, mergers, handholding and the like are getting tired. Lets just buy up Metropcs, Cricket and call it a day mmmkay?

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