Sprint’s new chairman: Give us T-Mobile and we’ll give you competition — Tech News and Analysis

Summary:

SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son argues a merged T-Mobile-Sprint would create more competition, not less. But the price war Son promises is already happening, and it’s being led by T-Mobile without Sprint’s help.

via Sprint’s new chairman: Give us T-Mobile and we’ll give you competition — Tech News and Analysis.

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Ergen: Mobile Video Driving Sprint Proposal | Cable Television News | Broadcast Syndication | Programming | Multichannel.com

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen said the proliferation of mobile video is one of the biggest drivers of his pursuit of wireless giant Sprint Nextel, adding that his $25.5 billion bid is like the closing two minutes of a Seinfeld episode, when the earlier seemingly disparate 28 minutes finally come together.

via Ergen: Mobile Video Driving Sprint Proposal | Cable Television News | Broadcast Syndication | Programming | Multichannel.com.

Sprint Reaches Deal to Buy Out Clearwire – NYTimes.com

Sprint announced on Monday that it had reached an agreement to buy the nearly 50 percent stake in Clearwire that it did not already own for $2.97 a share — a bump up from the $2.90 a share that was offered on Thursday.

The improved $2.2 billion offer, Sprint said, represents a premium of 128 percent over Clearwire’s stock price in early October before speculation emerged — following SoftBank‘s investment in Sprint — that Sprint would seek to buy out the wireless network operator.

via Sprint Reaches Deal to Buy Out Clearwire – NYTimes.com.

Sprint Buys Spectrum From U.S. Cellular – WSJ.com

By MELODIE WARNER

Sprint Nextel Corp. S -0.52% Wednesday said it agreed to acquire spectrum and business operations in parts of five states from U.S. Cellular Corp. USM +0.13% for about $480 million, in a deal that will significantly increase the company’s network capacity.

via Sprint Buys Spectrum From U.S. Cellular – WSJ.com.

Sprint deal puts Seattle wireless back in play | Brier Dudley’s Blog | The Seattle Times

Sprint deal puts Seattle wireless back in play | Brier Dudley's Blog | The Seattle Times

Seattle really is getting yanked around by wireless merger mania.

Two weeks ago it looked like the future of the region’s largest wireless company, Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA, was secured by its planned merger with MetroPCS.

Now another local wireless company — Clearwire — is in play, and T-Mobile’s long-term future isn’t quite as certain.

via Sprint deal puts Seattle wireless back in play | Brier Dudley’s Blog | The Seattle Times.

Sprint: Hosting Dish’s spectrum on Network Vision is technically possible – FierceWireless

Sprint: Hosting Dish's spectrum on Network Vision is technically possible - FierceWireless

Sprint Nextel NYSE:S CFO Joe Euteneuer said that the company is open to hosting other operator’s spectrum on its network, and said there are no major technical limitations to hosting Dish’s Network’s MSS S-band spectrum, for example.

Sprint: Hosting Dish's spectrum on Network Vision is technically possible - FierceWireless

Speaking Wednesday at the Deutsche Bank Leveraged Finance Conference, Euteneuer reiterated that Sprint’s Network Vision architecture with its multi-modal base stations makes it technically possible to host spectrum. Euteneuer did not specifically say Sprint would host Dish’s spectrum, but said there would be no major technical barriers to doing so. Sprint and LightSquared had a spectrum hosting deal that fell apart amid concerns that LightSquared’s spectrum may cause interference to GPS receivers.

via Sprint: Hosting Dish’s spectrum on Network Vision is technically possible – FierceWireless.