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    By Nikola Rotscheroth

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA, Deutsche Telekom's U.S. mobile arm,
    sees its growth of around 1 million new customers per quarter
    continuing
    at this pace in 2005 and is preparing new "third-generation" mobile
    services for 2007.

    As there are many more Americans who have not used a mobile phone than
    there are Europeans or Japanese, T-Mobile USA, the country's smallest
    national operator, believes there is still plenty of room for it to
    expand, its head told journalists.

    "I believe we can keep up this speed of growth," said T-Mobile USA
    Chief
    Executive Robert Dotson. T-Mobile USA won 957,000 new subscribers in
    the
    first quarter of 2005, to reach 18.3 million.

    "We are a growth machine. We have to grow, grow, grow," Dotson said.

    The main source of this growth, the operator believes, is people using
    their mobiles instead of the fixed-line network to make calls, or
    giving
    up their fixed-line phone entirely -- as 10 to 15 percent of T-Mobile
    USA's customers already have.

    Since Deutsche Telekom bought the unit, then called VoiceStream
    Wireless
    and a small startup, for a breathtaking $40 billion in 2001, it has
    become its main growth engine -- and overtook the domestic German
    mobile
    arm in terms of revenues last year, with 9.3 billion euros ($11.7
    billion).

    According to a 10-year business plan it published this year, Deutsche
    Telekom expects T-Mobile USA to bring in 43 percent of its mobile
    revenue -- more than any other mobile unit including Germany, Britain,
    and other European countries.

    T-Mobile International CEO Rene Obermann told reporters he was not
    worried by the mergers in the United States, which have reduced to four
    the number of national mobile operators, leaving T-Mobile USA the
    fourth
    rank by far.

    "The fourth rank is a good position," Obermann said, adding that
    T-Mobile USA, as part of T-Mobile International with 75 million
    subscribers, had bigger purchasing power than any other U.S. operator.

    Cingular, a joint venture of Baby Bells SBC and BellSouth, took over
    AT&T Wireless last year to become the largest operator, and Sprint
    bought Nextel to become the third largest.

    No. 2 in the market is Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon and
    the world's biggest mobile operator, Vodafone.

    3G LAUNCH IN 2007

    T-Mobile USA is preparing the launch of new third-generation (3G)
    mobile
    phone services -- which allow video phone calls and music downloads
    over
    mobiles -- in 2007, even though it has yet to make a formal decision to
    bid for the necessary spectrum.

    "We plan to begin the 3G rollout in the second half of next year and
    the
    first services shall launch in 2007," said Chief Development Officer
    Cole Brodman.

    T-Mobile International's Obermann cautioned, however, that the
    supervisory boards of T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom still had to
    approve
    the group's bidding for the service in an spectrum auction upcoming in
    the second quarter of 2006.

    Obermann declined to say how much he was ready to spend for the
    spectrum
    -- all over Europe, operators spent around 100 billion euros for 3G
    spectrum -- but said license prices had come down in the United States
    since the number of national operators has dropped to four from six.

    Dotson ruled out T-Mobile USA buying a regional U.S. mobile operator to
    expand into areas where it did not have its own presence yet.

    The group, which has earmarked 2.2 billion euros to build its network
    in
    the United States this year, would rather spend on its own network
    assets in regions it had identified as interesting, he said.
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    I wish there was more specific information about exactly what they plan for their 3G mobile services. UMTS? W-CDMA? Also, I think 2007 is way too late because by then the 4G services will be being rolled out (or least we'll know their plans) by the other operators in the US.
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    Oh yeah, UMTS and WCDMA are the same thing.
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