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DT Wants Spectrum Favors; Legere Wants Sprint's Slot

Dan Jones

Deutsche Telekom wants US regulators to do it a favor at the spectrum auction, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere predicts that the operator will overtake Sprint in customer numbers by year's end.

In other words, the fallout from the demise of a possible Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile US Inc. merger and the subsequent departure of Sprint CEO Dan Hesse continues. (See Hesse Out, Claure In: Sprint Is Son's House Now!)

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) CEO Tim Hoettges is now hoping for nicer treatment from US regulators in the upcoming incentive auction, after they scuppered chances for a merger between its subsidiary and the third-largest US operator.

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"If consolidation is not desired, regulators should help to improve the position of smaller operators," Reuters quotes the CEO as telling reporters. Specifically, he wants T-Mobile to be able to get more low-band spectrum at auction.

Of course, regulators had already intimated that they would try to block a Sprint/T-Mobile spectrum JV if the two tried to pool their money to go after available 600MHz spectrum at auction in 2015. (See FCC Could Block Sprint/T-Mobile Spectrum JV.)

T-Mobile US CEO Legere, meanwhile, is once again rollicking on Twitter. His latest prediction? "I predict the #uncarrier will overtake @Sprint in total customers by the end of the year! There, I said it!" (See T-Mob's Legere Unleashed: 'Total Chaos at Sprint'.)

At last count, Sprint has 54.6 million subscribers, and T-Mobile has 50.5 million. T-Mobile added 1.5 million new subscribers net in the second quarter.

The race for bronze is on!

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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User Rank: Light Sabre
8/9/2014 | 12:13:35 AM
Re: If they keep up the 1M+ adds and many come from Sprint?
Looks like he also expects Sprint to continue losing significant amount of subscribers in Q3 and Q4.
User Rank: Blogger
8/8/2014 | 3:51:29 PM
If they keep up the 1M+ adds and many come from Sprint?
If T-Mobile keep up the 1M+ adds and many of those come from Sprint, do the numbers work?
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