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SoftBank: Our Sprint bid is better for this reason

SoftBank: Our Sprint bid

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son says his company’s $20.1 billion acquisition offer is best for Sprint, even though Dish Nework’s bid is higher.

Speaking Tuesday at an event in Tokyo, Son told reporters the LTE network efficiencies that his company can bring to Sprint would dramatically improve the value of Sprint’s network to customers. And that’s all because of an LTE variant that Softbank already uses, called TD-LTE.

Softbank has been using TD-LTE for quite some time, and as Son points out, it’s doing so in Japan “on a large scale.”

TD (Time Division)-LTE presents one main advantage over the traditional, Frequency-Division Duplexing (FDD) technology it competes with: flexibility. With TD-LTE, a single spectrum block is used and carriers can decide how frequencies can be used within it. Similar to home broadband, TD-LTE allows carriers to dedicate little frequency to simple things, like sending e-mails, and more to bandwidth-intensive tasks like downloading applications or large files. The result is a more efficient system than what’s currently available in the U.S.

Clearwire, the company that Sprint is trying to acquire, uses the TD-LTE spectrum. In his remarks to reporters on Tuesday, Son said that his company’s expertise, coupled with the Clearwire buy, should dramatically improve Sprint’s LTE efforts and give it a superior offering in the U.S. market. In other words, Softbank would be a better partner.

Son’s comments come just a few days after he said that Dish Network’s unsolicited bid to acquire Sprint for $25.5 billion is “ridiculous.”







  1. Giuseppe Karagiannis

    I am thinking about buying a mobile phone what What’s the latest,most used,most popular and also the best vodafone/softbank mobilephone in japan?

    what’s the # 1 vodafone/softbank mobilephone in japan?


  2. I had been just wondering if anybody has ever done something similar to this before, and when it may be really done. After I was last in Japan (several months ago), I’d a Softbank phone having a contract. Clearly, I needed to break anything before I came home. I intend on returning to Japan for any month in April, so I’m wondering basically would have the ability to activate exactly the same phone just for a month? Maybe payg? I understand you are able to rent a telephone from Softbank for a while of your time, however i figure it might be pointless since i have curently have a telephone. Thanks ahead of time!

  3. If your PKU parent along with a non company had children the way this modify the children?

    also how about PKU and company parents?

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