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T-Mobile Provides More Details on Sprint Network Shutdown

Sprint / T-Mobile Merger (NWIDA)We’ve already documented the beginning of the Sprint network shutdown, and now T-Mobile has released more details on their next steps.

“We’ve already done some on an isolated basis,” T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said Tuesday during a UBS investor event.

Sievert said that T-Mobile likely will begin shutdown efforts in earnest beginning in 2022, once it has successfully moved substantial amounts of customers and traffic onto its own network and off the Sprint network.

The Sprint network shutdown project is perhaps the biggest one in wireless history – there were over 50 million Sprint customers prior to the close of
the merger.

T-Mobile has said they will work to migrate all of Sprint’s customers onto its own network in the coming months and years, and that they will do so in ways that will reduce the number of customers who opt to leave the carrier completely.

“This same team has done it before with great success,” Sievert said of the migration. “We’re trying to move really, really quickly on this.”

T-Mobile expects to cover 100 million people with 5G in 2.5GHz by the end of this year, and 200 million by the end of next year.

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