Sprint has been working hard to redefine themselves as a data-centric provider with the premier high-speed wireless broadband network in the US. And, with good reason. Sprint’s losing customers left and right and bleeding money even faster. They clearly can’t compete in the voice-call business that is dominated by AT&T and Verizon, so Sprint is going to have to really push hard on their wireless broadband service. They’re even selling off cell-towers to help keep their WiMAX XOHM aspirations alive.
And, AT&T knows just what Sprint is trying to do. Sprint’s WiMAX-based XOHM network will beat AT&T to the high-speed wireless-punch by at least a year (likely more). AT&T’s 4G LTE network isn’t going to see the light of day for at least a few more years, and Sprint’s XOHM service is just around the corner.
As such, AT&T has moved to block the Sprint merger with Clearwire. AT&T has asked the FCC to deny the merger between the two companies, potentially throwing a wrench in both companies’ plans to launch a nationwide WiMAX network in the US.
In contention is the need for more review. AT&T claims that Sprint and Clearwire “openly state that they intend to compete with other national wireless providers – including
AT&T was previously scrutinized by the FCC for their acquisition of Dobson some months ago, and it’s starting to sound like Big Blue is crying foul on the upcoming Sprint/Clearwire partnership.