There is an obvious disconnect between MetroPCS and its suitor T-Mobile USA when it comes to Rich Communication Services (RCS) and voice over LTE (VoLTE). Either MetroPCS' efforts will ultimately be in vain once the merger of the two operators is completed or, possibly, T-Mobile will employ lessons learned from MetroPCS' experiences and use those to rapidly introduce a host of groundbreaking new services.
CHICAGO--T-Mobile USA was forced to delay some deployments of HSPA+ technology in its 1900 MHz spectrum due to Hurricane Sandy, said a senior executive.
MetroPCS today launched Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand. The effort is an attempt by the carrier to enhance its messaging offerings and counter the rise of over-the-top communications services like WhatsApp, Apple's iMessage and Facebook's Messenger.
MetroPCS posted significant gains in revenue, adjusted EBITDA and churn, but the carrier lost a whopping 312,291 customers during its third quarter. Indeed, MetroPCS' subscriber base has shrunk from around 9.15 million people a year ago to 8.98 million people at the end of the third quarter.
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Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann will offload direct oversight of T-Mobile USA to DT CFO Timotheus H ö ettges as he focuses on strategic priorities and how to grow DT's business outside of its traditional telecom offerings, multiple reports said.
If regulators approve T-Mobile USA"s deal with MetroPCS, T-Mobile will be able to merge MetroPCS' existing LTE network into its own planned LTE network on AWS frequencies and refarm MetroPCS' 1900 MHz CDMA spectrum for HSPA+ services. T-Mobile will also gain some new telecom infrastructure, such as some 6,000 distributed antenna system (DAS) nodes that MetroPCS has deployed. FierceBroadbandWireless Editor Tammy Parker recently spoke with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray regarding MetroPCS, DAS and spectrum. Hot Seat
MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA formally asked the FCC to approve T-Mobile's effective acquisition of MetroPCS, setting the wheels in motion for regulators to start their review of the deal.
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