I don’t want to predict a disaster but having Deutsche Telecom acquire Sprint doesn’t make sense from the perspective of all the different network types these companies use. Sprint uses CDMA, Deutsche Telecom’s T-Mobile uses GSM and Nextel uses iDEN. Oh, don’t forget to add WiMAX to this mix.
It is unclear how many of the Sprint/Nextel problems were do to management problems as opposed to having to deal with two disparate network types.
Adding yet another technology to the mix seems like something only a masochist would want to do.
Oh, did I mention Merrill Lynch predicted that Deutsche Telecom will acquire Sprint? Merrill has a point from a market share perspective. I just have to ask what sort of tech/standards/integration disaster Deutsche Telecom would have on its hands if this deal happens.