AT&T officially proposes T-Mobile acquisition to the FCC
A month ago AT&T annouced that it had plans to purchase T-Mobile. Analysts thought that this was a good move, but many customers of both AT&T and T-Mobile were concerned that plan prices would rise. AT&T officially made its proposal to the FCC today and had quite a few things to say.
One point that AT&T emphasized on was that the acquisition of T-Mobile would speed up their expansion of 4G network through America since T-Mobile already has 4G up. This would give customers better voice and data coverage:
“In just the first five-to-seven weeks of 2015, AT&T expects to carry all of the mobile traffic volume it carried during 2010,” the carrier said in its filing. “This merger provides by far the surest, fastest and most efficient solution to that challenge. The network synergies of this transaction will free up new capacity – the functional equivalent of new spectrum – in the many urban, suburban and rural wireless markets where escalating broadband usage is fast consuming existing capacity.”
AT&T also made assured customers that their pricing plans would not change and that they would even be better off since they would have more plan options and more free calling:
“With this acquisition, T-Mobile USA consumers will be able to keep their current rate plans,” said AT&T. “AT&T will map T-Mobile USA’s rate plans into AT&T’s billing systems as we have done in the case of prior acquisitions, so that if a T-Mobile USA consumer wishes to change her existing smartphone to a comparable smartphone from AT&T’s device portfolio, she will be able to keep her existing data plan.”
AT&T summed up the proposal with this last statement:
“The bottom line is that our merger with T-Mobile USA will offer significant benefits to American consumers. It will address capacity constraints that both of our companies face, which will enable the combined company to provide improved services in the many urban, suburban, and rural markets where the enormous surge in broadband usage is fast consuming available capacity,” said AT&T.
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