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T-Mobile Acquired Sprint. What’s the implication to me?

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Sprint Early Lease Termination

As of this article’s update in September 2022, T-Mobile has begun to terminate a number of cell sites where Sprint acquired the tower or rooftop assets from the Nextel acquisition years ago but have not really put them to work. We are impressed that T-Mobile moved very fast to terminate these sites within four months after taking possession of Sprint’s assets. These are the “low hanging fruits” of T-Mobile’s decommissioning project. It is clear at this stage that T-Mobile is not all that organized yet because the Department of Justice is involved in managing the merger and the required divestiture of certain Sprint assets making their list of decommissioned sites still dynamic. 

As Terabonne negotiates the decommissioning of these Sprint sites with T-Mobile on our clients’ properties, we are prepared for Phase 2 of decommissioning as Sprint cell sites have integrated with T-Mobile’s technology nationwide. As of June 30, 2022 all of Sprints sites have been shut down and all call processing have been integrated to T-Mobile’s network. Sprint customers have reported volumes of transitional difficulties resulting from this integration, and many Sprint subscribers will move to Verizon and AT&T as a result. Churn is what wireless carriers are deathly afraid of and each carrier spends billions of dollars each year to minimize its impact. Phase 3 would involve terminating Sprint sites which are in close proximity to T-Mobile’s existing locations. We are actively involved in T-Mobile’s actions as we strategize ways to allow our clients to profit from these events rather than being victimized by T-Mobile’s decommissioning projects.

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