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Sprint-Nextel Merger Signals Provider Consolidation

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  • Sprint-Nextel merger
  • For enterprises, consolidation increases the prospects for a competitive 3G data-services market. Verizon has nearly completed its nationwide rollout of CDMA2000 EV/DO services. That's impelled Cingular to launch its GSM/UMTS system nationwide. Both systems offer roughly equivalent services that approach broadband quality. The combined Sprint-Nextel company will face pressure to counter those initiatives. It also was refreshing to hear that Sprint-Nextel plans to migrate Nextel customers to CDMA; the availability of Nextel towers and spectrum should give the newly merged company a good chance to compete.