DT Wants Spectrum Favors; Legere Wants Sprint's Slot
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.
"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