Sprint Will Merge with T-Mobile

Sprint And T-Mobile Merger For A 5G Powerhouse

Sprint and T-Mobile will merge to create a 5G powerhouse. After several years of on and off talks, it is now official that the merger will be realized. The deal could, however, face serious regulatory challenges.

Reason For The Merger

The ostensible reason for the merger is, if you ask the networks, all about 5G. T-Mobile’s John Legere will serve as CEO. Mike Sievert will continue operating as COO. Sprint chief Marcelo Claure will serve on the Board of Directors, alongside Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint’s parent company’ SoftBank.

What Is 5G

The two networks claim they can roll out a “broad and deep” 5G network faster if they do it together rather than by themselves. They head off concerns about reduced competitions by claiming that the 5G landscape involves not just mobile. 5G is becoming useful for fixed broadband. So the unified Sprint and T-Mobile will ostensibly compete against cable providers.

The two have wide swaths of wireless spectrum that only sometimes overlaps. You could see more comprehensive coverage. There is no question that the 5G’s gigabit-class bandwidth and low lag make it more a viable option for fixed internet access.

Replacing broadband is the focus of the first 5G deployment, not with upgrading your smartphones.
The deal should close not later than the first half of 2019 if regulators clear it. The problem is with the big “IF”. The current US government is anti-regulation. It has not been exactly kind to telecom related mergers. We cannot ignore the past when officials shot down AT&T’s attempt to buy T-Mobile back in 2011. T-Mobile and Sprint maintained that their unified company will produce more jobs. But large companies always claim this. Regulators will want proof that the combined company will not slash thousands of jobs in the name of eliminating overhead.

Effect Of The Deal

The deal would, unfortunately, reduce the US to just three major cell carriers. A merger could create a company on the same scale as AT&T and Verizon, forcing the incumbents of more competitive pricing, that is, assuming that sprint and T-Mobile will not use the merger as an opportunity to rest their laurels.

5G Simulation Tests How Fast Internet Could Be

5G tests show how fast is real-world speed

For the past month, there are a lot of fuzz about 5G’s speed. So, Qualcomm is looking for the answer many people is asking and they will release a 5G simulation tests at Mobile World Congress. Instead of just figuring out or trying out theories as to what would be the 5G’s offer in the future. The Qualcomm company stood up and tried it out. Qualcomm’s tests modeled real world conditions in Frankfurt and San Francisco. It is based on the location of existing cell sites and spectrum allocations in the two cities.

The simulations factor in conditions like geography and different user demands on the network. Also a wide spectrum of devices with various levels of LTE and 5G connectivity for different speeds. That is in order to accurately give an idea of what to expect when these networks will launch. But the simulations are intended only to show kind of 5G NR or New Radio that might exist next year.

This Frankfurt simulation is the more basic network. It is based on 100 MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum with an underlying gigabit-LTE network on 5 LTE spectrum bands. The browsing jumped from 56 Mbps with the normal 4G to 490 Mbps for the normal 5G. Download speeds also improved. 5G’s download speed is at 100Mbps while with the LTE it’s only Mbps.

But the San Francisco simulation was a more interesting.

The Qualcomm modeled a network operating in 800 MHz of 28 GHz mmWave spectrum. It is built on top of a gigabit-LTE network on four licensed LTE bands. And it is in addition to License Assisted Access (LAA) bands.

Whether the 5G will release next year or the next, people are looking forward to a faster internet experience ever. This is the future and the next generation will be so grateful for this technology the past generation’s been doing.

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