AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA
To the tune of $39 billion, T-Mobile USA is being sold to AT&T, according to BusinessWire. AT&T states that the acquisition allows for a combination of network resources creating a better infrastructure for service.
This agreement gives 4G LTE coverage to over 34 million T-Mobile subscribers. AT&T has agreed to further their commitment to 4G LTE expansion to include 95 percent of their U.S. customers. This would allow for better support for their rural customers in addition to smaller towns.
“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO.
While this certainly will affect customers from both major networks, the agreement has the potential of setting standards other carriers will be more inclined to follow. Tom Merit of TWiT tweeted, “T-Mobile’s flimsy 4G gets a boost with this I guess. So if Sprint does flip to LTE, we could have a standard in the US.”
Still, this does bring in to question whether or not AT&T’s recent crackdown on bandwidth usage through caps and fees will extend to an even larger customer base.