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The MetroPCS acquisition by T-Mobile in the USA is going to be about more than just spectrum and customers. It's about technology.
While AT&T and Verizon diddle about trying to keep the next guy down, T-Mobile is about to leapfrog and be the USA's equivilant to Three in the UK. The mobile operator who does things differently today, for where things are heading tomorrow. This story from the GSMA's Mobile Business Briefing crystalized things more for me around Joyn, RCS and what else will come from the merger.
Let's look at what MetroPCS is bringing to the party:
1. LTE-first deployment in the USA
2. VoLTE-first deployment in the USA
3. RCS-First deployment in the USA
All of this adds up to modernization of communciations, not simply spectrum and customers.