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September 24, 2009

Deutsche Telekom Seeks 4G Partners in the U.S.

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by Franz Bicar

It’s not quite here yet, but with the advancement in technology, pretty soon 4G will be the communication standard for fast-developing countries. In fact, German phone giant Deutsche Telekom is looking for a partner to help them jump into the 4G wireless market in the U.S.

According to Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom is looking at Clearwire, a company that is building a 4G wireless network using a technology called WiMax, to help them become one of the major telecommunication service provider in the U.S. But if they can’t come up with a deal, Deutsche Telekom will also talk to Metro PCS, which recently acquired spectrum to build its 4G wireless network.

Deutsche Telekom already owns T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. But the carrier’s growth has remained flat for several quarters. And the company hasn’t yet announced plans for its next-generation network. Last week, rumors resurfaced that Deutsche Telekom was looking to buy Sprint Nextel. Sprint is the third-largest wireless operator in the U.S. and has been struggling the last few years to retain customers.

4G, of course, is the fourth generation of cellular wireless and is a successor to 3G and 2G standards. A 4G system may upgrade existing communication networks and is expected to provide a comprehensive and secure IP based solution where facilities such as voice, data and streamed multimedia will be provided to users on an anytime, anywhere basis and at much higher data rates compared to previous generations.

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