A recent report by Gerson Lehrman Consulting group has recommended an acquisition of T-Mobile by Internet giant Google. In their recent report, the analysts claim T-Mobile’s rumored decision to generate additional funds to grow their business could be in complete sync with Google’s own ambitions to move into the network connectivity space.
T-Mobile, part of Deutsche Telekom is the fourth largest carrier in the US with close to 14% market share. However, the company has failed to grow to its potential and has constantly fallen to accusations regarding a poor network infrastructure. It has been recently rumored that the company may either choose to file an IPO to generate funds or could be planning to spin-off the American business into a separate entity.
“With Google Voice and now the Nexus One, like it or not Google is becoming a telecom operator. Perhaps their relationships with carriers will go the way of their relationship with Apple…friends first, now direct competitors
I believe Google views the largest U.S. operators as competitors and are obstacles to owning the mobile channel, and if they purchased T-Mobile they would pick-up 33 Million new Google Voice users “
While this is entirely speculated information at this point, it does appear to make great business sense. Will we see Google Telecom soon? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.[via GL Group, CNET]