Merger

Reuters: T-Mobile sale to Softbank nearly final

If you’re not a fan of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, this news may not make you happy. Reuters is reporting that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom has agreed to terms with Sprint parent company Softbank to sell T-Mobile. This would move Sprint and T-Mobile closer together, likely merging the two US carriers.

Sources: T-Mobile/Sprint merger is “dead”

Worried about Sprint and T-Mobile merging? Sources tell the New York Post you shouldn’t be. According to them, the deal is “dead”. The FCC, who are outspoken about wanting four major US carriers, are said to be dead set against the merger.

Analyst: T-Mobile and Sprint must merge, or one will fail

The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is an interesting Catch 22, according to analysts from New Street Research. Both carriers acknowledge they can’t compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T separately, as their buying power for spectrum is just overwhelming. Together, T-Mobile and Sprint would still represent the number three carrier in the US, but the FCC is likely reluctant to let it happen.

AT&T exec doesn’t think Sprint/T-Mobile merger is possible

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger has a lot of interesting nuance. A merger between major US carriers has been attempted before to no success, but the two carriers in question now are less “major”. The FCC is notoriously resistant to having three carriers, but is keeping an “open mind” this time. As for AT&T, they don’t think a Sprint merger with T-Mobile is even possible.

Softbank CEO promises “massive pricing war” with T-Mobile merger

While a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is pending, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son went public about the matter for the first time. On PBS’s Charlie Rose, Son claimed the only way to competitively move forward was with a merger, promising a “massive price war” if he gets his way. Further commentary also suggest Son has the patience and tenacity to see his vision through.

Sprint reportedly unsure about a T-Mobile buyout after FCC meeting

It seems Sprint and T-Mobile’s proposed merger might be on hold, if not dead in the water. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint has cooled their heels on an aggressive buyout of T-Mobile, but it has little to do with the asking price. It has everything to do with regulatory bodies, though.

T-Mobile merger could cost Sprint double their original bid

Sprint’s proposed merger with T-Mobile may be reaching a fork in the road. Today we learn that the original bid Sprint was said to put forth for T-Mobile may need to be quite a bit larger. Conflicting reports suggest Sprint is either mulling their decision or close to getting financial backing, but one thing is certain: it still needs FCC and DOJ approval.

DOJ meets with Sprint about T-Mobile bid, issues with merger

The proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has one underlying theme: the FCC. The FCC, and by virtue of them the Department of Justice, have not been fond of anything less than four major carriers in the past. When AT&T attempted to purchase T-Mobile, it was the FCC and DOJ that took issue, and eventually stopped the acquisition. The same fate may be falling on Sprint and T-Mobile.
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