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Legere begins September 22

T-Mobile has officially named John Legere its new chief executive officer for the T-Mobile business unit. 

Legere, 54, has spent 32 years in the global telecommunications and technology industries. Most recently, he was the CEO of Global Crossing, a telecommunications company. During his time as CEO, he was able to achieve the company's first integrated global IP-based network. He also improved customer service and network operations at Global Crossing. 

"I am thrilled to join T-Mobile and lead the company at such a pivotal time," said Legere. "T-Mobile is taking a number of significant steps to revitalize the business and I look forward to leading our team and partners to accelerate these efforts to become a force in our industry."

John Legere [Image Source: Bloomberg]

Before Legere, T-Mobile Chief Operating Officer Jim Alling took the helm as interim CEO. Alling stepped in for former T-Mobile CEO Phillip Humm, who left the company in June of this year. There were a few reasons for Humm's departure, including the fact that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger failed and led to continued financial losses for the company. In addition, Humm's family was stuck in Europe, which likely led to personal issues. 

But starting September 22, Legere will step up to CEO and hopefully help T-Mobile out on the financial end. The Deutsche Telekom AG-owned company could also use some direction with its network, HSPA+. HSPA+ has had a difficult time struggling with faster, "true" 4G networks like Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks. 

"John is a talented and proven executive who brings a successful track record of leading and operating consumer- and business-focused telecommunications and technology companies,” said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “As T-Mobile moves forward with its strategic initiatives to improve its market position, including expanding its network coverage and initiating LTE service, John has obviously the right skillset to lead the business into the future. John’s experience in the telecommunication and technology industries at Global Crossing and Dell will enhance T-Mobile’s ability to deliver superior mobile experiences for our customers as the Company continues to strengthen its business. I am delighted to welcome John to T-Mobile and look forward to working with him to make T-Mobile a stronger competitor.”

Source: T-Mobile

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HSPA+ against LTE?
By name99 on 9/20/2012 10:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
"HSPA+ has had a difficult time struggling with faster, "true" 4G networks like Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks.

WTF is this statement even supposed to mean? HSPA+ and LTE are not human beings with a grudge against each other; they are not even corporations with a grudge against each other. They are ALGORITHMS.

There is one, and only one, important difference between them. HSPA+ is based on WCDMA as its multiplexing method, while LTE is based on OFDM. Everything apart from that can (and is) used by both schemes --- higher order modulation, MIMO, multiple carriers, flat network, etc etc etc.

NO-ONE is claiming that WCDMA is as close to optimal as OFMD. WCDMA was a very smart solution to the twin problems of multiple access and noise rejection for its time --- but its time was the 1990s, when performing the calculations required for an OFDM solution was not practical. You can see this in the evolution of WCDMA receivers, which have thrown more and more transistors at the problem of equalization, a problem that is solved in a vastly superior way by OFDM --- once you have paid the costs of OFDM.

It you want to say that T-Mobile is struggling to match speeds against VZW and ATT, say THAT, not this "HSPA+ is fighting LTE" nonsense. But if you're going to say that, justify it with numbers. Tell us what the common goodput rates on T-Mobile's (42Mbps PHY) network are and how they compare against ATT and VZW's LTE numbers. In particular, if ATT and VZW's cells are substantially more overloaded than T-Mobile's, then T-Mobile's per-user speed is going to be better regardless of HSPA+ vs LTE.

RE: HSPA+ against LTE?
By T2k on 9/21/2012 9:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
Excellent post. I really hate when idiotic buzzwords obscure the main point, let alone when they don't even make sense eg TMO's DC-HSPA is *ALREADY* much *FASTER* than anything ATT or VZW will be able to offer for years due to their greed (=not investing in the backhaul.)

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