As T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom hurtles toward an April 12 meeting where MetroPCS shareholders will vote on a merger with T-Mobile, it has one distinct advantage: it gets to count the votes.
Deutsche Telekom denied a Reuters report that said the company is considering changing the terms of T-Mobile USA's proposed merger with flat-rate player MetroPCS, whose shareholders will vote on the deal April 12.
In preliminary subscriber figures for the first quarter of 2013, T-Mobile USA managed to reverse its "branded customer" losses, recording a net gain of 3,000 branded customers during the period. The figure is notable considering T-Mobile reported a loss of 349,000 branded customers in the previous quarter and the loss of 262,000 branded customers in the year-ago quarter.
Four leading U.S. mobile operators will use ExteNet Systems' new distributed antenna system (DAS) in the massive Barclays Center sports and entertainment venue.
T-Mobile USA confirmed job cuts at its headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., after weeks of refusing to acknowledge the cuts, but the carrier did not specify how many jobs have been culled.
Institutional Shareholder Services, an influential proxy advisory firm seen as an arbiter between warring shareholders, recommended MetroPCS shareholders vote against the carrier's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA on April 12.
T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere expressed strong confidence Tuesday that MetroPCS shareholders will approve T-Mobile's planned merger with the flat-rate carrier when they vote on the deal April 12.
T-Mobile USA formally unveiled its new no-contract pricing without device subsidies and also said after years of waiting it will launch the LTE-capable Apple iPhone 5 on April 12. The carrier also launched its LTE network in its first seven markets.
As LTE network buildouts accelerate, many operators are now turning their attention to VoLTE. I recently talked with Nicola Palmer, CTO of Verizon Wireless, and she was adamant that the company will deploy VoLTE later this year or early in 2014. Although she didn't provide a lot of details, she said that the company's VoLTE service would incorporate Rich Communications Services, or RCS, and customers would be able to access VoLTE when they travel.
MetroPCS reiterated its call to shareholders to approve its merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, arguing that no other company has emerged since last fall to make a counter bid for the company.