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What’s ahead for Sprint and T-Mobile’s MVNOs?

There’s a really good article on Fierce Wireless (link below), which we will summarize here.

It focus’ on the Sprint and T-Mobile MVNOs. Combined, those two control the “network of choice” of the vast majority of US MVNOs.

Of course, there are the carrier owned MVNOs (Virgin – which is migrating to Boost – Boost and Metro), with Boost (supposedly) being spun off to Dish.

That, in it of itself, has some people concerned. Including Peter Adderton, founder of Boost:

“There’s no way in the world that they can maintain the MVNO agreement that they have today and be able to keep the 9 million customers,” Adderton said. “Two and a half million or so at least are just not profitable customers.”

Adderton said Dish has made no specific pledges to retain Boost customers or employees.

After the merger, the Sprint MVNOs will presumably do business with New T-Mobile. The company will also support T-Mobile’s existing MVNOs, as well as Dish, which will get access to New T-Mobile’s network for seven years.

However, according to Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics:

“There are no provisions to protect anybody besides Dish and Altice,”

He said the other MVNOs could potentially be dropped or face stiff price increases.

Read the entire article here

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