FCC approves AT&T / Qualcomm deal days after failed T-Mobile acquisition

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Dec 23, 2011
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  1. The Federal Communications Commission has approved a deal between AT&T and Qualcomm just days after AT&T threw in the towel on a proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. AT&T will obtain $1.9…

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  2. Does anyone else get the feeling that AT&T is scrambling to stay in the game?? Kinda feels like AT&T is trying everything in its power to not be bought out by Sprint or Verizon.
  3. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    If the government wouldn't allow AT&T (the 2nd largest carrier) to buy T-Mobile (the 4th largest carrier), why would they allow Verizon (the largest carrier) to buy AT&T? Sprint doesn't have enough cash to buy T-Mobile, much less the much, much larger AT&T.

    In my opinion, AT&T wanted to buy T-Mobile to eliminate competition, nothing more. I'm sure the spectrum would have come in handy, but even their own internal leaked memos noted they didn't need it to build out their LTE network nationwide.
  4. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Does not feel like they are scarmbling, but would not rather build out more network if they can buy it out. But I find it interesting that Verizon being the largest is not having any trouble buying up at least spectrum. In the current climate, the government does not want anything larger than Verizon turning up. They should just standarize systems and lisence out and do roaming agreements and get customers on good old fashion services and customer service. Share the burden of the infrustructure. It really makes not sense... the government should be pushing all parties in that direction.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Hey, if the extra spectrum helps AT&T drag themselves up from the bottom (after being voted worst carrier yet again), then that's great. Seems like they could use all the help they can get, these days.
  6. fyrfaktry

    fyrfaktry TS Member Posts: 18

    None of this stuff matters anyway. Both Verizon and AT&T both make more money than God. Who cares who is largest?
  7. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    AT&T is just trying its best to expand its services without being productive in any way. Instead of improving their network, they're content to toss billions of dollars to buy someone else's. They've been repeatedly called the worst carrier in the US, and aren't doing anything to legitimately change that.
  8. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    AT&T has put very little work into their network and it really shows. Verizon on the other hand has invested so heavily.

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