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SoftBank chief on failed Sprint/T-Mobile deal: “No Comment”

At the end of one of the most interesting weeks in wireless so far year, SoftBank’s chief, Masayoshi Son, fielded questions from reporters on the ordeal during the Japanese carrier’s Q2 earnings announcement. According to people in the know, his company backed out of its planned deal to buy a controlling stake in T-Mobile. This – of course – meant no merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. The … [read full article]

WSJ: Sprint, T-Mobile merger is off

“And there was much rejoicing.” The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint has decided to give up its plans on merging with T-Mobile. According to its anonymous sources, both SoftBank and Sprint feel that winning the approval of U.S. regulators will be too difficult. Sprint had been working on a bid for T-Mobile for months while studying regulatory opposition. Officials at both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission had … [read full article]

Iliad in talks with Dish, Charter Communications and others to raise bid for T-Mobile?

Earlier today we read a report stating that T-Mobile will officially reject the well-documented approach from Iliad. The French communications company seems persistent, however, as another new report claims that Iliad is look at other means of raising investment so that it can improve its offer. Reuters reports: French telecom firm Iliad (ILD.PA) is in talks with investors to improve its … [read full article]

WSJ: No rush for Sprint, T-Mobile merger announcement due to its public nature

Yesterday we read that any announcement of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger could be pushed back to September so those involved had enough time to prepare a robust case to put forward to regulators. Today, Wall Street Journal reports that there are many reasons for the purported waiting game.  In an enlightening article, it reveals code-names given to four parties and to the deal … [read full article]

T-Mobile, Sprint merger evaluation by FCC & DoJ could take at least 12 months if deal goes official

In an exclusive scoop over at Bloomberg it’s been revealed that Masayoshi Son is ready to play the long game when it comes to SoftBank/Sprint’s purchase of T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom. The site’s sources claim that the wealthy business man is asking banks to commit financing for a “longer-than-usual amount of time.” In response, the financial institutions are wanting higher fees, since they are expecting the deal to take a long time … [read full article]

Reuters: Sprint getting close to securing $40B financing for T-Mobile deal

A report published by Reuters late last night claims that Sprint is close to securing the necessary finances for its deal to buy T-Mobile. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Sprint has lined up eight banks to fund the acquisition of TMUS. The debt package exceeds $40 billion and includes a bridge loan of roughly $20 billion from Japan‘s Softbank Corp to Sprint, as well as some $20 billion refinancing of T-Mobile’s existing debt, … [read full article]