Gary Kim has a nice news update today on T-Mobile USA's plans for 3G in the US.
T-Mobile USA will launch commercial 3G services this summer, finally. The company blames spectrum issues for the delay (3G was supposed to launch mid-2007). T-Mobile invested $4.2 billion in 2006 to more than double its spectrum holding in the top 100 U.S. cities it serves.
If you read my column in Internet Telephony magazine last October entitled US Wireless Broadband to be Extremely Competitive, you know T-Mobile USA's launch of 3G is the market action that will tip us over from oligopoly to rampant competition. By 2009-2010 we will have four credible national mobile broadband networks. As I argued in last October's column, that will drive open Internet access regardless of any political or regulatory actions.