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Business case for T-Mobile USA’s 600 MHz has some big risks

T-Mobile USA is not demonstrating radical thinking in its first stage of 5G deployment. Unlike some operators, which are using 5G to enable new use cases, like Verizon’s fixed wireless; complex architectures like network slicing; or capacity hotspots to complement 4G, TMO is going for a coverage-oriented, national build-out in low frequency spectrum. It was by far the biggest buyer of 600 MHz former broadcast spectrum in last year’s incentive auction, and is already deploying 4G in this, and claiming a roadmap to 5G which will start next year. Of course, if TMO succeeds in acquiring Sprint, it will have a far richer and more complex range of spectrum and services. Sprint’s 4G and 5G strategies are heavily focused on…

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