These deals are for one thing only: SPECTRUM
Unlike other countries the GSM carriers in the US (AT&T and T-Mobile) were spectrum STARVED and this consolidates network operations and massively increases capacity.
The US market is weird in that it is the only country left to have a majority of its population on a CDMA2000 network.
&T and T-Mobile has a very high amount of international roaming and SIM card traffic on its network in US global cities like NYC, LA
, Miami, DC etc and it has had to build more and more cell sites not only to supports the very high data traffic its experiencing with the iPhone (all carriers are experiencing this) but very high revenue international traffic that AT
&T and T-Mobile carry.
The spectrum break-out to T-Mobile in the failed merger was about AWS spectrum for LTE. AT
&T in this merger gets AWS LTE spectrum (soon to be the roaming LTE band for the Americas) and PCS which they desperately need. Combing T-Mobile's and MetroPCS's network into a UMTS/HSPA+ network will result in a superior customer experience. AT
&T will shutdown the CDMA network and move its customers to its UMTS and LTE networks for the Leap Wireless deal like the T-Mobile/MetroPCS deal.[Edited 2013-07-16 21:49:37][Edited 2013-07-16 21:54:39]
[Edited 2013-07-16 22:18:20]