T-Mobile, MetroPCS and why it may work
The merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS will certainly pursue a different game plan. T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray says that the key to the success of both these companies is their path pursuing LTE. The next step will be that T-Mobile will migrate MetroPCS customers to equipment that use T-Mobile’s network.
From day one, T-Mobile expects to start selling phones that have the MetroPCS brand, but use T-Mobile’s network. After migrating existing subscribers off of MetroPCS’s CDMA network, it will be shut down and the spectrum will be used to deploy LTE service. The process may take a couple years to complete.
That is a plain, no nonsense way of looking at it, and T-Mobile USA would certainly benefit from the extra spectrum while also obtaining existing LTE services that MetroPCS already has. Bear in mind, Mr. Ray also thought that the iPhone 5 would support T-Mobile USA’s AWS spectrum. However, that assumption was made based on the idea of the type of baseband chip being used in the new iPhone.
In terms of the overall plan to make the merger work between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, it is clearly feasible and the goals attainable. The company also has the lessons learned by Sprint as well. When a company takes over, it needs to “take over.” With a plan like the one Ray mentioned, the merger is about logistics, not technology. Couple that completed plan with the carrier’s well liked customer service, and it is sure to be a contender.
source: All Things D