FRANKFURT, March 18 Deutsche Telekom's
(DTEGn.DE) U.S. wireless unit, T-Mobile USA, is looking at
possible joint ventures with cable companies and network
providers to boost its spectrum capacity.
"We continue to look at JV opportunities for additional
spectrum... there are a number of different options we look at,
(we) have been talking with cable companies, with Clearwire
CLWR.O," Robert Dotson, chief executive of T-Mobile USA, told
analysts at an investor presentation on Thursday.
He said the company did not expect to rely on a national
broadband plan the federal government is currently working on.
The plan aims to expand access, increase Internet speeds and
shift airwaves to mobile services. [ID:nN1673850]
T-Mobile USA is a distant fourth in the U.S. mobile market,
behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc (T.N) and Sprint Nextel Corp
Because T-Mobile USA has been losing customers, to larger as
well as smaller rivals, there was a rash of speculation last
year about its future, with possibilities ranging from a merger
with Sprint, Leap Wireless International Inc LEAP.O or
MetroPCS Communications Inc PCS.N, to a network partnership
with Clearwire Corp CLWR.O.
Asked whether T-Mobile USA would consider teaming up with
U.S. competitor Sprint Nextel, Dotson said: "What you never want
to do is take one company that is going through challenges and
take another company going through challenges".
He said T-Mobile USA was "not looking at how you change the
configuration of the U.S. market".
Sprint is also battling subscriber losses amid tough price
competition but hopes to see revenue declines slowing this year.
(Reporting by Nicola Leske; editing by Simon Jessop)