MetroPCS says uniquely placed for Clearwire deal

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Posted: Oct 13, 2011 3:44 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - MetroPCS Communications Inc <PCS.N> sees itself as "uniquely positioned" to forge a spectrum deal with Clearwire Corp <CLWR.O>.

Clearwire shares rose 28 percent after MetroPCS Chief Financial Officer J. Braxton Carter told an investor conference a deal with Clearwire could help his company fill a shortfall in its wireless spectrum holdings.

"We think that we might be uniquely positioned to maybe do something with Clearwire," Carter said, noting MetroPCS could forge a wholesale agreement to use Clearwire spectrum in major metropolitan markets.

But Carter said he was looking at all options and also mentioned AT&T Inc <T.N> as a potential source of spectrum if that operator ends up divesting spectrum to gain U.S. government approval for its proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, a Deutsche Telekom AG <DTEGn.DE> unit.

Carter's comment was source of relief for investors in Clearwire, which has most recently been subject to bankruptcy speculation triggered by comments from its biggest client and shareholder Sprint Nextel Corp <S.N> on October 7.

MetroPCS shares rose 43 cents or 5 percent to $8.96 after Carter's presentation. Clearwire shares rose 36 cents to $1.66 on Nasdaq after the comments. Sprint shares were up 23 cents or almost 9 percent at $2.80 on New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Andre Grenon)