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New FCC spectrum auction may stop a T-Mobile/Sprint merger

The demand for spectrum from mobile service providers is at an all-time high, and only promises to increase. To satisfy the wants of consumers and carriers alike, the FCC has decided to take some spectrum earmarked for TV and auction it to carriers. In addition to the added spectrum, the FCC may implement a few rules about purchases for the upcoming auction that could signal their intent to thwart a Sprint/T-Mobile 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.

Smaller carriers test data hub to battle AT&T, Verizon

Some carriers just don’t have great coverage. A group of carriers that aren’t Verizon or AT&T have teamed up to form the Competitive Carrier Association, which is aimed at providing service to one another in an attempt to give customers a reason to use their services. The new Data Access Hub is one such endeavor, providing free data and voice roaming on networks outside a users’ home base.

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.

T-Mobile CFO hints that a merger with Sprint is likely

If you are rooting against the proposed Sprint and T-Mobile merger, it could be time to give up the good fight. Though many (the FCC included) would prefer the two stay separate, recent comments made by a T-Mobile executive hint that their joining forces is inevitable. The comments not only attempt to soften opinion on the merger, but suggest it’s going to happen.
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