Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Friday Review: From sea to shining sea

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 25 March 11

AT&T/T-Mobile USA deal, LightSquared contracts, and comments from CTIA indicates U.S. keen to stay ahead on mobile broadband.

One way or another, the U.S. is getting connected. AT&T is justifying its pricey acquisition of T-Mobile USA by pushing the "it's good for America" angle, highlighting in particular its related commitment to extend LTE network coverage to 95% of the population. That LTE commitment is dependent on regulators approving the deal, and while FCC chairman Julius Genachowski declined to comment on it during his address to this year's CTIA Wireless trade show in Florida on Tuesday, he went on to deliver a speech that focused heavily on the need for mobile broadband networks in the U.S. and their importance for the country's economy. Surely a good sign for AT&T. Meanwhile, there was positive news for LightSquared, which this week announced its first customer for its yet-to-be-built LTE network: retailer and service provider Best Buy. It was also reported to be in discussions over a potential partnership with Time Warner Cable and agreed an LTE roaming deal with Leap Wireless' Cricket, doubtless allaying some concerns over the viability of its business model. As analyst firm In Stat points out, the AT&T/T-Mobile USA tie…

One way or another, the U.S. is getting connected. AT&T is justifying its pricey acquisition of T-Mobile USA by pushing the "it's good for America" angle, highlighting in particular its related commitment to extend LTE network coverage to 95% of the population. That LTE commitment is dependent on regulators approving the deal, and while FCC chairman Julius Genachowski declined to comment on it during his address to this year's CTIA Wireless trade show in Florida on Tuesday, he went on to deliver a speech that focused heavily on the need for mobile broadband networks in the U.S. and their importance for the country's economy. Surely a good sign for AT&T. Meanwhile, there was positive news for LightSquared, which this week announced its first customer for its yet-to-be-built LTE network: retailer and service provider Best Buy. It was also reported to be in discussions over a potential partnership with Time Warner Cable and agreed an LTE roaming deal with Leap Wireless' Cricket, doubtless allaying some concerns over the viability of its business model. As analyst firm In Stat points out, the AT&T/T-Mobile USA tie…

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