Archive for March, 2011

AT&T + T-Mobile USA?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A couple of days have passed now since AT&T’s industry-changing announcement.

Sprint’s official position is clear:

The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, if approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would alter dramatically the structure of the communications industry.

AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. A combined AT&T and T-Mobile would be almost three times the size of Sprint, the third largest wireless competitor. If approved, the merger would result in a wireless industry dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically-integrated companies that control almost 80 percent of the U.S. wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete.

The DOJ and the FCC must decide if this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and the

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U.S. economy overall, and determine if innovation and robust competition would be impacted adversely and by this dramatic change in the structure of the industry.

I won’t comment further, but I’m curious what others think. Feel free to leave your comments.

Five years!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Today is the five year anniversary of my first post on this blog!

Wow!

A lot has changed in five years.

The industry has gone through a major transformation! (e.g. Five years ago Apple and Google weren’t active in mobile.)

My job has changed significantly. (In 2006 I was director of strategy in one of Sprint’s divisions, today I’m vice president of strategy for the corporation. Five years ago, Sprint and Nextel had just merged and the merger still looked brilliant. :) )

Life has also gotten busier outside of work.

When I started blogging, my goal was to use the blog to share my opinions on the industry.

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Early in my blogging career, I set the goal of posting a new piece every weekday. These days, I’m doing well if I post one opinion piece in a month and some weeks I struggle to post anything at all. More than anything, this blog has become a way to interact with customers to help improve their experience with Sprint.

To be honest, I feel stressed out by the pressure to keep this blog current. I think it’s time for a change – time to destress.

I will continue to look for opportunities to help customers and I will continue to look for opportunities to share my opinions on the industry. But I’m calling time-out on my posts of lists covering industry news. I think y’all have better sources for that information anyway.

Over the next few weeks (months?) I hope to revisit some of the major themes that I’ve covered over the past five years.

Stay tuned!

Big Bell Dogma: February 2011

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Big Bell Dogma is the innovation stifling mindset, most often seen in large market-dominating companies, where the big company protects the status quo, tries to control what happens in the ecosystem, and believes they can perform tasks better than others in the ecosystem who specialize in that function. Big Bell Dogma hurts consumers, hurts the ecosystem, and slows market growth, but sometimes results in higher profits for the big companies. Here are recent examples:

Beyond the Phone: February 2011

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

Recent Research – February 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Research is good. Free highlights from expensive research reports are great. Here are some recent headlines: