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T-Mobile CEO John Legere has put on his soothsayer hat for 2018 and in the future he sees more advances for his own company and a new wireless competitor.
Long known for his tenacious Twitter game, Legere on Thursday delivered a series of tweets and an online post about what he sees coming in 2018:
►More wireless competition. Just as T-Mobile looks to get into TV distribution, so might TV and broadband providers seek to play in wireless services. Comcast began its own Xfinity Mobile service in April and Legere expects at least Charter to enter the market in 2018 (something rumored in May).
Of course, Legere addressed the competition in his typical brash manner.
“This year it was Comcast who came to play – in their own weak way,” Legere said. “Next year, it’ll be Charter … because if you don’t feel abused enough by ATT, Verizon or Comcast, Charter will surely do the job. But, seriously, this space is hot for good reason, and I predict we’ll see more than one other major player enter wireless in 2018 through acquisition or an MVNO deal. And, I welcome them all!”
►T-Mobile’s continued expansion. T-Mobile is already planning to take on traditional pay-TV players with its acquisition of broadband-delivered TV provider Layer3, announced earlier this month.
But Legere hints the company could attempt to disrupt other industries, although some of the suggestions are most likely tongue in cheek. “And we’re not gonna stop with Big Cable. What else should we take on? Big Pharma? Banking? Consumer goods? Who knows!”
►Legere the author or talk show host? Corporate claptrap has the CEO so riled up that he may seek additional avenues to vent.
“My rants can’t be contained to tweets or the occasional vlog next year – I might just write a damn book or launch a podcast,” he tweeted.
►Better trivia performances. On an even lighter note, Legere promises to up his game on popular online game HQ Trivia, he said, putting the game’s host on notice. “I will finally win HQ. I will, damnit! You hear that, @ScottRogowsky?!”
Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.