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CTIA 2011: Merger Mania Obscures Hard News

5:40 PM -- ORLANDO, Fla. -- International CTIA WIRELESS 2011 -- The funny thing about the planned AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc. merger is that no one can yet say for sure if it will actually happen, but just the word of the buyout has totally overshadowed important news that would have had editors sweating and message boards humming.

Consider:

  • LightSquared unveiled its first carrier partner in the U.S. Leap Wireless International Inc. (Nasdaq: LEAP) says it will use LightSquared as a roaming partners to fill in holes on its own Cricket 4G network.


  • T-Mobile itself actually launched its first 42Mbit/s service in NYC and a few other cities. So it's plain to see that the operator isn't halting its HSPA+ expansion just yet, even if those frequencies are eventually might be used for 4G.


  • Verizon Wireless meanwhile is targeting Massachusetts for its next round of LTE launches.
It is understandable that a mega-merger is giving all other wireless news a bad signal-to-noise ration. We need to remember that this deal may never happen, however, and there's a lot of other important issues to deal with.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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