T-Mobile Names U.S. CEO

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Robert Dotson, president and former COO of T-Mobile USA, late last week was named CEO of the wireless carrier.

Dotson retains the title of president. He joined T-Mobile in 1996 as vice president of marketing.

John Stanton, chairman of T-Mobile USA and founder of VoiceStream, which was acquired in May 2001, will relinquish the title of CEO but will remain on as chairman. Stanton intends to devote more time to his other businesses, T-Mobile said.

Last week T-Mobile also formed a partnership with Boingo Wireless to offer a wireless service that integrates Wi-Fi and GPRS networks.

Prior to relinquishing his post to Dotson, Stanton said he believed his company must embrace Wi-Fi to survive in the market. "A year ago, we talked about the notion that Wi-Fi was either a threat or an opportunity. And I certainly think it is both," said Stanton. "From a carrier point of view, Wi-Fi represents an opportunity for us to leverage areas that are an enormous challenge."

For instance, the wireless sector previously had been grappling with issues such as spectrum space and pressures on hardware vendors to develop products at a cost that's attractive to customers, Stanton said. "Then here comes Wi-Fi, with no spectrum costs, low-cost bandwidth ubiquitously available, open-standard architecture and subscriber equipment," he said. "So at this point, we've really embraced it."

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