DT seeking 4G tie-up

24 Sep 2009

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has opened preliminary negotiations with both Clearwire and MetroPCS to gain access to wireless spectrum as it looks to expand its US networks, Bloomberg reports. DT’s T-Mobile USA unit is yet to announce its 4G expansion plans, while rivals AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have already begun upgrading their systems and the company is weighing up its options, looking for the most cost-effective way to build a national 4G network. In August Clearwire announced that it needed USD2 billion by year-end to complete its own network expansion and DT is reportedly willing to plug the gap in funding in exchange for access to wireless frequency. A similar deal has apparently been tabled with MetroPCS, which, like Clearwire, has a wealth of spectrum suitable for 4G networks.