Mobile, Sprint reach agreement to form new company

T-Mobile and Sprint agree to merge, creating $146B rival to AT&T and Verizon, based in Seattle area

T-Mobile and Sprint agree to merge, creating $146B rival to AT&T and Verizon, based in Seattle area

T-Mobile deployed LTE twice as fast as Verizon and three times faster than AT&T, and the combined company is positioned to do the same in 5G with deep spectrum assets and network capacity.

The two have battled several times since, including in August 2016 after both companies introduced new unlimited wireless plans.

What will it mean for competition? This will be the start of a new era for T-Mobile, the Un-carrier.

The deal between Sprint and T-Mobile faces an ambiguous regulatory backdrop and will probably run into some of the same opposition that the companies faced when they had considered a deal under the Obama administration.

Once the merger is complete, the new T-Mobile-Sprint company will have an estimated value of $146 billion.

T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak of adding customers. The Republican-led FCC has viewed consolidation favorably in other markets, and said a year ago that the wireless industry is competitive, despite the lack of major players.




"While we couldn't reach an agreement to combine our companies, we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination". Immediately following the merger, the New T-Mobile will hire thousands of new employees to fill retail, call center, and network infrastructure roles, according to the executive team, with investments of $40 billion in the combined network. Now, sources close to Reuters are claiming that both Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank could close a deal as early as next week where the latter would retain the majority stake while allowing the former to consolidate the merger.

On its merger marketing page, Sprint and T-Mobile promise that the New T-Mobile will keep prices low, offer outstanding service, and provide more competition, with "a MAJOR expansion of competition into rural markets and for businesses of all sizes!" A spokeswoman for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai declined to comment. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges will be Chairman of the Board of the new T-Mobile, while SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will serve on the board.

Under the Trump administration, regulators have continued to challenge deals they believe could push up consumer prices. The numbers were based on closing prices as of April 27.

The U.S. government has already opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T, Verizon and GSMA, a telecommunications standards organization, to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers. "Toger we will form a bigger and more competitive company", says executive, who ensures that operation is "a positive change" for consumers and businesses.

But last November, after much speculation, the two companies issued a statement saying they "have ceased talks".

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