T-Mobile US enlists FCC to help preserve Plateau roaming rights

27 Apr 2015

T-Mobile US has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to compel AT&T Mobility to honour the Deutsche Telekom (DT)-backed company’s existing roaming agreement with Plateau Wireless in the south-western US, following the pending conclusion of AT&T’s takeover of the regional operator. According to a regulatory filing unearthed by Fierce Wireless, T-Mobile has a long-standing roaming agreement with Plateau, and asserts that ‘once this transaction is consummated, the Plateau system would be integrated into AT&T’s network, subjecting T-Mobile to AT&T’s less favourable roaming practices in the Plateau service area. AT&T continues to use its market position to only offer roaming arrangements that raise T-Mobile’s costs and degrade its customers’ experience, harming competition … T-Mobile’s requested condition would impose no meaningful burden on AT&T and would provide significant benefit to T-Mobile and its customers.’