Sprint redacted 230Sprint's latest merger filing has 40 "redactions," holding back some of the most critical information the public needs to judge whether the transaction is in the public interest. Particularly egregious are the redactions of Appendix A & Appendix B. They don't even note the subject. 

The usual reason for the FCC allowing such "highly confidential" treatment is the information would give competitors a significant advantage. I have reviewed some of the 30+ omissions and am confident that in many cases the information would be available to competitors from analysts and common industry sources. Some can be inferred from public Sprint statements.

Sprint's lawyers - Sam Feder, Regina Keeney, & Steve Sunshine - were once senior FCC officials and surely know the requirements. I believe they are all senior partners in important D.C. firms, jobs which probably pay US$5 million per year.  They also know the regulations are almost never enforced, which I believe is a scandal at the FCC.

The filing concludes, "Absent completing its transaction with T-Mobile, Sprint will have limited options, and is likely to be forced down either a repositioning path and/or a restructuring path." Proponents of the merger believe that 3 carriers would be more competitive than 4 and/or the merger will have a major impact on 5G in the U.S. If those arguments are insufficient, likely insolvency might still win approval.  

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Samsung has delivered 5G chip samples to BBK's Oppo and Vivo, the #2 or #3 phones manufacturer. Samsung is facing off against Qualcomm in the 5G market. Qualcomm is unfazed and reportedly moving the production of their next chip from TSMC to Samsung. 

Sprint's 2.5 GHz 5G is delivering 100-500 megabit downloads consistently. That bodes well for China Mobile, using the same frequencies.

Vodafone, BT, and soon 3UK are delivering modestly sized 5G mid-band networks. Vodafone is also live in Spain and Italy. 

Sunrise in Switzerland is using 5G mid-band for fixed wireless in rural areas.  

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Welcome  1,000,000 Koreans bought 5G in the first ten weeks. The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

The estimates you hear about 5G costs are wildly exaggerated. Verizon is building the most advanced wireless network while reducing capex. Deutsche Telekom and Orange/France Telecom also confirm they won't raise capex.

Massive MIMO in either 4G or "5G" can increase capacity 3X to 7X, including putting 2.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz to use. Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAM, and other tools double and triple that. Verizon sees cost/bit dropping 40% per year.

Cisco & others see traffic growth slowing to 30%/year or less.  I infer overcapacity almost everywhere.  

Believe it or not, 80+% of 5G (mid-band) for several years will be slower than good 4G, which is more developed.