Showing posts with label MetroPCS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MetroPCS. Show all posts

Friday, July 26, 2013

T-Mobile US Expands its MetroPCS Brand

Since completing its acquisition of MetroPCS about three months ago, T-Mobile US has has doubled the MetroPCS brand presence across the country by bringing its "Wireless for All" offer to 15 new markets.

"We've been beating our no-contract competitors hands-down for value, and now, with the strength of the T-Mobile 4G network behind us, that lead is only going to grow," said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. "We're setting a blazing fast trail and, with our retail partners, will compete aggressively with our '$40, period' rate plan to win over consumers one-by-one."

http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

T-Mobile USA + MetroPCS: 43 Million Subscribers and Rising

Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA completed the acquisition of MetroPCS Communications.  The combined company, T-Mobile US, Inc., began trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker "TMUS."

Some key statistics on the No. 4 carrier in the U.S. market:

  • TMUS is based in Bellevue, Washington and maintains a significant presence in Richardson, Texas.
  • The company is headed by John Legere, President & CEO.  Former MetroPCS Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, J. Braxton Carter, serves as the new CFO.
  • 2012 combined entity results would have reflected $24.8 billion of revenue, $6.4 billion of adjusted EBITDA1, $3.7 billion of capital expenditures (excluding spectrum purchases)2, and $2.7 billion of free cash flow.
  • Approximately 43 million subscribers as of March 31, 2013, two strong brands, and 70,000 customer touch points.
  • The combined company will operate T-Mobile and MetroPCS as separate brands, led by Jim Alling and Thomas Keys, respectively, migrating to a common network infrastructure and with common support functions.
  • The company will focus on simple, affordable rate plans for unlimited talk, text and Web - with no annual service contracts.
  • The combined company's total PoP coverage is 301 million, of which 283 million are covered by owned network.  228 million are currently served with 4G and 200 million are expected to be covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.
  • An enhanced spectrum position -- combining the two companies' spectrum provides a path to at least 20+20 MHz of 4G LTE in approximately 90% of the top 25 metro areas in 2014.
  • Target five-year (2012 - 2017) compounded annual growth rates in the range of 3% - 5% for revenues, 7% - 10% for EBITDA and 15% - 20% for free cash flow.
  • Projected cost synergies of $6 - $7 billion (net present value), with additional potential upside from the focused geographic expansion of the MetroPCS brand. 

http://www.t-mobile.com/
http://www.metropcs.com/metro/

On October 3, 2012, MetroPCS agreed to merge with T-Mobile USA to create a much strengthened No.4 mobile operator in the U.S. market with deeper network coverage and the need for an accelerated path to one common LTE network. 

Despite operating incompatible legacy networks (CDMA and GSM), the companies said rapid handset turnover (60% - 65% per year) will make for a relatively quick migration of MetroPCS customers to LTE.   MetroPCS customers will also benefit from T-Mobile's much more extensive network.

At the time, the companies said the basis for the merger will be to re-farm MetroPCS spectrum to create capacity services.  Specifically, the spectrum migration plan for the merged company will be:


  • GSM will become the merged company's “universal” technology for roaming, M2M and legacy device
  • MetroPCS PCS spectrum will be migrated to HSPA+
  • T-Mobile AWS will be repurposed from HSPA+ to LTE over time
  • Available MetroPCS AWS spectrum will be migrated to LTE
  • AWS will become NewCo's primary LTE band across America.



Friday, April 12, 2013

MetroPCS Deploys IPv6 with Cisco

MetroPCS Communications, the fifth-largest facilities-based wireless service provider in the U.S., is rolling out Cisco®Carrier-Grade IPv6 (CGv6) solution.

MetroPCS is also using Cisco to perform critical system integration by leading the design, testing and production enablement of IPv6 in a multivendor mobile Internet network. The installation includes the Cisco ASR 5000 Series, Cisco Carrier Routing System, Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Service Routers in the core and IP aggregation, and the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"IPv6 is a foundational element for 3G and 4G and next-generation mobile Internet networking. The actions we are taking, thanks in part to Cisco, position MetroPCS to support increased service, application and end-user demands. We share a common vision with Cisco when it comes to delivering high-quality, advanced mobile Internet services," stated Ed Chao, senior vice president of corporate engineering and network operations, MetroPCS.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1170394


Thursday, March 7, 2013

MetroPCS Picks Ericsson for LTE Core

 MetroPCS Communications has selected Ericsson as the supplier of equipment and services to transform its distributed nationwide Evolved Packet Core network. The network deployment will enhance key services including high-speed data, voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services for MetroPCS customers across the United States.

Specifically, Ericsson will serve as the project's prime integrator with responsibility for design, installation and commissioning, and post-launch customer support.

The LTE core transformation will be deployed by implementing Ericsson's end-to-end solution, which includes:

  • Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) on the SSR 8000 family of Smart Service Routers - a highly scalable IP service-delivery platform that enables deployment of critical IP-edge applications, addressing the stability of LTE networks via scalability in the data and control planes
  • Mobility Management Entity (MME) on the Ericsson Blade System, MkVIII platform - offering superior scalability and extending capabilities to meet aggressive growth predictions in terms of the number of connected devices

  • Integrated multi-technology operations support systems - allowing mobile operators to enhance network performance to support real-time operations, while lowering total cost of ownership with lower power consumption and a reduced footprint.


"From the launch of our first LTE network and now our new core transformation project, Ericsson has long been a key strategic partner. We value the strength of Ericsson's product and service offerings, as well as its ability to provide fast and reliable rollouts of leading-edge technology," stated  Roger D. Linquist, CEO and Chairman of the Board of MetroPCS.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1683638


  • In January 2012, MetroPCS has selected Ericsson as primary vendor for microwave backhaul equipment under a new four-year contract. Ericsson is also a key infrastructure provider for the company's networks, including its LTE network. 


Monday, January 7, 2013

MetroPCS: LTE Now 26% of Customer Base

MetroPCS reported gross additions of 866 thousand subscribers for Q4 2012, which represents a 29% decrease over the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company ended the fourth quarter of 2012 with approximately 8.9 million subscribers, which includes net subscriber losses during the quarter of 93 thousand subscribers.

The company said it now has over 2.2 million 4G LTE subscribers, an increase of 117% from the third quarter of 2012. Churn for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 3.6% compared to 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011 and down from 3.7% in the third quarter of 2012.

http://www.metropcs.com


  • In October 2012, MetroPCS agreed to merge with T-Mobile USA (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom) in a deal that creates a much strengthened No.4 mobile operator in the U.S. market with deeper network coverage and the need for an accelerated path to one common LTE network.    Despite operating incompatible legacy networks (CDMA and GSM), the companies said rapid handset turnover (60% - 65% per year) will make for a relatively quick migration of MetroPCS customers to LTE.   MetroPCS customers will also benefit from T-Mobile's much more extensive network.

Monday, November 19, 2012

DOJ Requests Additional Info on T-Mobile USA + MetroPCS Deal


The U.S. Department of Justice issued a request for additional information from MetroPCS in regards to its proposed transaction with T-Mobile USA.   MetroPCS said it will cooperate fully with the DOJ to obtain approval of the transaction as soon as possible and remains confident that the DOJ will find that the transaction is both pro-competitive and pro-consumer. 

http://www.metrpopcs.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MetroPCS Deploys Acme Packet to Scale VoLTE and RCS

MetroPCS has installed Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director session border controller to support its VoLTE and Rich Communications Services.  

Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director provides SIP normalization, mediation, and interworking functions that enable operators to integrate network elements supplied by multiple vendors.  Specifically, the company said its solution protects and controls SIP sessions between the MetroPCS service core and LTE endpoints, and provides the Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) in the IMS network. 

Acme Packet noted that these VoLTE and RCS initiatives extend its relationship with MetroPCS, which started with the management of SIP interconnects with other service providers.

http://www.acmepacket.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mavenir Supports MetroPCS's Rich Communications

Mavenir Systems confirmed that it it provided MetroPCS with its suite of application servers to support the world's first commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on a 4G LTE network, based on the GSMA 5.0 standard.

Mavenir’s VoLTE solution, launched commercially by MetroPCS earlier this year, is a platform that helps MetroPCS leverage the investment in its 4G LTE network and quickly offer differentiated services and new value to its customers.

MetroPCS' joyn service goes beyond voice and basic messaging to provide enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

The service is deployed with Mavenir’s IMS core and application servers.

“The move to all-IP networks is really a journey for mobile carriers and opens the doors for forward thinking operators such as MetroPCS to move quickly to offer new services,” said Pardeep Kohli, president & chief executive officer of Mavenir Systems.  “Mavenir is working closely with MetroPCS and other tier 1 operators, to transform their network services and support their vision of delivering value through rich IP-based communication services.”
           
Mavenir’s suite of RCS 5.0 application servers, including the Presence Server, Content Server and Rich Messaging Server, are based on the mOne Convergence Platform which is designed to simplify carriers’ network transformations.


On October 31, MetroPCS Communications announced the commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on its 4GLTE network under the  GSMA-licensed joyn brand. 

Based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard, joyn by MetroPCS will deliver an experience beyond voice and basic messaging to provide customers with a unified and intuitive way to use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

MetroPCS will support the following RCS services at launch for customers with 4GLTE joyn-enabled smartphones:
  • Contacts Presence - joyn knows and shows how users can reach and share content with contacts at any time
    • Contact availability/status sync (online, busy, away, unavailable)
    • Calendar sync
    • Social network interaction
  • Enriched Chat - Threaded conversations keep track of who's said what and show which people and groups are available to chat and share content
    • Instant messaging and group chat
    • Conversational view
    • Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
  • Content Sharing - Bring calls and chats to life by sharing content with just one click from the address book
    • Share video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
    • Display service capabilities
    • Geo-location
  • WiFi and Video Calling - Stay connected with voice and video calls in areas with little or no cellular coverage
    • WiFi calling and video calls over WiFi
 "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year," said Roger Linquist, CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MetroPCS Goes Live with First Rich Communications over LTE


MetroPCS Communications announced the commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on its 4GLTE network under the  GSMA-licensed joyn brand. 

Based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard, joyn by MetroPCS will deliver an experience beyond voice and basic messaging to provide customers with a unified and intuitive way to use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

MetroPCS will support the following RCS services at launch for customers with 4GLTE joyn-enabled smartphones:
  • Contacts Presence - joyn knows and shows how users can reach and share content with contacts at any time
    • Contact availability/status sync (online, busy, away, unavailable)
    • Calendar sync
    • Social network interaction
  • Enriched Chat - Threaded conversations keep track of who's said what and show which people and groups are available to chat and share content
    • Instant messaging and group chat
    • Conversational view
    • Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
  • Content Sharing - Bring calls and chats to life by sharing content with just one click from the address book
    • Share video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
    • Display service capabilities
    • Geo-location
  • WiFi and Video Calling - Stay connected with voice and video calls in areas with little or no cellular coverage
    • WiFi calling and video calls over WiFi

 "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year," said Roger Linquist, CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS.

"We believe RCS is a tremendous differentiator among prepaid and postpaid competitors alike and recognize that achieving interoperability across U.S. 4G LTE networks is the next key step to paving the way for more innovative services and capabilities in the future," added Linquist.

joyn by MetroPCS will be available beginning today on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G. 


In August, MetroPCS officially launched its commercial Voice-over-LTE service. The first sale of a VoLTE-capable handset occurred at one of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth store locations.

Its first VoLTE-capable LG Connect 4G Android smartphone is now on sales at select stores across the U.S.. MetroPCS said it will continue to roll out VoLTE services and phones in the coming weeks.

MetroPCS had 9.3 million overall mobile subscribers as of the end of Q2, of which over 700,000 were LTE subscriptions.

With the new VoLTE, voice calls are carried transparently over LTE regardless of the handset or network used on the other end of the call.

"The initial move to LTE and this move to VoLTE allow us to achieve significant spectral efficiencies and will increase network capacity so that we can enhance the 4G LTE experience that our customers have today at a tremendous value. VoLTE also provides a foundational capability for future Rich Communication Services (RCS), which we plan to launch later this year," stated Roger Linquist, chairman and chief executive officer of MetroPCS.

MetroPCS noted that it was the first U.S. carrier to deploy a commercial 4G LTE network in September 2010. So far, the LTE network rollout covers roughly 90 percent of its CDMA footprint. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MetroPCS + T-Mobile USA Looks to Accelerated LTE Rollout

MetroPCS agreed to merge with T-Mobile USA (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom) in a deal that creates a much strengthened No.4 mobile operator in the U.S. market with deeper network coverage and the need for an accelerated path to one common LTE network.


 Despite operating incompatible legacy networks (CDMA and GSM), the companies said rapid handset turnover (60% - 65% per year) will make for a relatively quick migration of MetroPCS customers to LTE.   MetroPCS customers will also benefit from T-Mobile's much more extensive network.


The basis for the merger will be to re-farm MetroPCS spectrum to create capacity services.  Specifically, the spectrum migration plan for the merged company will be:


  1. GSM will become the merged company's “universal” technology for roaming, M2M and legacy device
  2. MetroPCS PCS spectrum will be migrated to HSPA+
  3. T-Mobile AWS will be repurposed from HSPA+ to LTE over time
  4. Available MetroPCS AWS spectrum will be migrated to LTE
  5. AWS will become NewCo's primary LTE band across Americas

Some other key points of the deal:
  • The merged company will use the T-Mobile name and brand.  It will be traded on the NYSE.
  • The combined company is projected to have 2012 Pro Forma Revenue of $24.8 billion
  • The combined company will have 42.5 million subscribers

  • The annual CAPEX budget for the combined company would be approximately $4.2 billion at current level
  • Deutsche Telekom will receive a 74% stake
  • MetroPCS Shareholders will receive $1.5 billion in cash and 26% ownership in the combined company
  • The new company will continue to position itself as "the best value in wireless" in the U.S. market
  • The combined company will have ~70,000 total points of distribution, including 50,000 retailers
  • The cost synergies are projected $6 - $7 billion over 5 years, including both CAPEX and OPEX on network infrastructure
  • The company’s headquarters will be in Bellevue, Washington and it will retain a significant presence in Dallas, Texas.




“The combination with MetroPCS is another logical and significant step that will accelerate our Challenger Strategy and enable us to deliver amazing, affordable and trusted 4G services, while providing opportunities to expand geographic territories and serve more customers. Our enhanced spectrum position will be the foundation for a faster and more reliable network, and will allow us to deploy a deeper and more robust LTE rollout, particularly in major metropolitan areas. We will be a stronger, value-focused competitor, providing customers with offerings such as our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data and ‘bring your own device’ plans," stated John Legere, President and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MetroPCS Launches Voice Over LTE Service

MetroPCS officially launched its commercial Voice-over-LTE service. The first sale of a VoLTE-capable handset occurred at one of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth store locations.

The new VoLTE-capable LG Connect 4G Android smartphone is now on sales at select stores across the U.S.. MetroPCS said it will continue to roll out VoLTE services and phones in the coming weeks.

MetroPCS had 9.3 million overall mobile subscribers as of the end of Q2, of which over 700,000 were LTE subscriptions.

With the new VoLTE, voice calls are carried transparently over LTE regardless of the handset or network used on the other end of the call.

"The initial move to LTE and this move to VoLTE allow us to achieve significant spectral efficiencies and will increase network capacity so that we can enhance the 4G LTE experience that our customers have today at a tremendous value. VoLTE also provides a foundational capability for future Rich Communication Services (RCS), which we plan to launch later this year," stated Roger Linquist, chairman and chief executive officer of MetroPCS.

MetroPCS noted that it was the first U.S. carrier to deploy a commercial 4G LTE network in September 2010. So far, the LTE network rollout covers roughly 90 percent of its CDMA footprint. 
http://www.metropcs.com 07-Aug-12


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MetroPCS Reaches 580,000 LTE Subscribers -- 6% of Customer Base

MetroPCS reported Q1 total revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, an increase of 7% over the first quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA came in at $262 million, a decrease of 8% over the first quarter of 2011.

During Q1, MetroPCS surpassed 580 thousand 4G LTE subscribers, representing over 6% of total subscribers.

Roger D. Linquist, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MetroPCS, said, "Our first quarter results highlight our continued focus on getting affordable 4G LTE smartphones into the hands of our customers. We upgraded 16% of our subscriber base, 40% of which went from a feature phone to a smartphone, and we reported churn of 3.1%, matching the all-time low for the company. However, the significant number of upgrades at a higher promotional handset cost during the quarter resulted in higher costs and as a result both Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins were pressured significantly.

"The wireless industry is rapidly moving towards 4G LTE and while the first quarter presented us with challenges, we believe we remain well-positioned for long-term growth and success. In wireless, speed does matter and our 4G LTE network will provide a significant enhancement in the customer experience when compared to our current 3G CDMA experience. Our service plans offer the predictability, affordability and flexibility our customers have come to expect, and with all taxes and regulatory fees included, and no contract, we believe we continue to offer the best deal in town," Linquist concluded.

Some highlights:

Quarterly churn of 3.1%, down 60 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2011 and flat when compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Quarterly net subscriber additions of 132 thousand, resulting in a 7% increase in total subscribers over the prior twelve month period.

Quarterly ARPU of $40.56, an increase of $0.14 over first quarter 2011.

For the year ending December 31, 2012, MetroPCS today reaffirms its prior guidance, originally provided on February 23, 2012.

MetroPCS currently expects to incur capital expenditures in the range of $900 million to $1.0 billion on a consolidated basis for the year ending December 31, 2012.
http://www.metropcs.com

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