T-Mobile: the “T” is for Telecomm
In 1999, T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG holding company was founded and later renamed to T-Mobile International AG). In 2002, as Deutche Telekom consolidated its international operations, it changed the spelling from T-Mobil to T-Mobile.
From 2003 to 2007, Deutsche Telekom was organized in segments: Broadband/Fixnet; Business Customers,and Group HQ and Shared Services. T-Mobile International was one of these segments.
In 2009, Deutsche Telekom adopted a regional setup which included Germany, Europe, and the USA. T-Mobile International was merged into Deutsche Telekom AG.
T-Mobile International AG
When T-Mobile International AG existed, the holding company was based in Bonn, Germany. Its subsidiaries operated GSM (Global System for Mobile communications), UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service) and LTE (Long Term Evolution)-based cellular networks in Europe, the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Globally, T-Mobile International’s subsidiaries had a combined total of approximately 230 million subscribers. It is the third largest wireless network in the U.S. with over 65.5 million customers. Its nationwide network reaches 98 percent of Americans.
In 2011 T-Mobile USA announced its plant to merge with MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the sixth largest carrier in the U.S. The deal was approved by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission in March 2013. On May 1, 2013, the combined company, now known as T-Mobile US, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a public company.
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