According to Bloomberg, Deutsche Telecom is in preliminary talks with Clearwire and MetroPCS regarding access to 4G spectrum and network owned by both companies in order to expand T-Mobile USA’s network footprint following the US subsidiary announcing its first deployment of HSPA+ services last Friday in Philadelphia.
Bloomberg is citing unamed sources that state Sprint, MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA are also involved in the discussions, with Deutsche Telekom looking for the least expensive path to 4G network deployment in the US, with the venerable Sprint-Deutsche Telekom tie up rumor making the rounds once again in recent weeks.
Clearwire is currently deploying Clear WiMax service in the US while Deutsche Telekom has committed to LTE in Europe. Metro PCS and Clear hold spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands which are licensed for LTE and WiMax deployment respectively, although Clear has maintained that it could easily switch between standards if necessary.
T-Mobile USA has yet to complete its 3G rollout which began last year, let alone choose a 4G standard with Clear needing an additional $2 billion in funding by year-end to complete its initial network rollout and to meet its launch targets, with speculation stating that Deutsche Telekom is willing to provide additional funding in exchange for access to its WiMax network.