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T-Mobile-Sprint merger update: Review in early stages, no decision from regulators on how many carriers U.S. needs

Wondering how the government’s review of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is going? Today we got an update on the situation. U.S. antitrust officials are in the “early stages” of reviewing the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, a source has told Reuters. The regulators haven’t reached a conclusion on how many carriers the U.S. market needs, but the tipster did say that “at least” three carriers are necessary and that reports that officials have decided on … [read full article]

FCC begins 180-day shot clock on T-Mobile-Sprint merger, now taking public comments

A milestone in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint has taken place. The FCC this week kicked off its 180-day shot clock for reviewing the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. While the FCC will work to complete its review of the merger in this timeframe, it’s not necessarily required to. The FCC can also pause the clock when it feels it’s necessary. Along with the start of its 180-day shot clock, the FCC this week began taking … [read full article]

Two new reports say T-Mobile is the fastest carrier in the U.S.

Ookla and OpenSignal both released reports today on the state of U.S. mobile networks, and T-Mobile did pretty well for itself in both. T-Mobile was the fastest carrier in the U.S. in the first and second quarters of 2018, says Ookla. T-Mobile finished with a Speed Score of 27.86, with Verizon coming in second at 26.02, AT&T in third with 22.17, and Sprint in fourth with 20.38. The Speed Score is a metric that incorporates … [read full article]

Some U.S. lawmakers have security concerns about T-Mobile-Sprint merger due to Sprint’s ties to Huawei

Days after a Senate antitrust subcommittee held a hearing about the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, other members of the U.S. government have begun to express concern over the deal. Members of the U.S. House have put together a draft letter arguing that a national security investigation of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is necessary, The letter is being passed around so that it can get signatures before it’s sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is leading a … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint continue to advocate for their merger as they officially file FCC documents

As expected, T-Mobile and Sprint today continued work on their merger deal by filing a Public Interest Statement with the FCC. The two companies also made announcements┬áto talk up their merger and share some more details on their plans. 5G is a major focus of T-Mobile and Sprint, with the two carriers saying that together they’ll be able to deploy a much better 5G network than either could if they remain separate. T-Mobile … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint to file formal merger application with FCC next week

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting ready to take the next step in their effort to merge. The two companies have told the FCC that they plan to formally file an application asking for approval to merge. The application will be filed on Monday, June 18th, and will include a protective order to block sensitive corporate information from the public. While T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to a merger deal in April, the two companies must get … [read full article]

U.S. Justice Department said to be talking with MVNOs about T-Mobile-Sprint merger

The U.S. Department of Justice is speaking to smaller wireless operators in the U.S. about the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. According to a report from Reuters, the Justice Department is talking with multiple MVNOs that buy access to major carriers’ networks and asking them their opinions on the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. David Glickman, CEO at Ultra Mobile and Mint Mobile, confirmed that the DoJ asked to talk to him about the merger but wasn’t given … [read full article]

DoJ antitrust official talks T-Mobile-Sprint merger, says there’s no ‘magical number’ of carriers

Now that T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to merge, regulators will examine the deal and determine whether or not it should be allowed to go through. We’ll have to wait for an actual decision on that matter, but one government official did weigh in on the matter. Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division, has said that the reduction of major U.S. carriers from four to three doesn’t necessarily guarantee … [read full article]

U.S. Senate committee sets date for hearing on T-Mobile-Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint may have struck a merger deal, but the agreement will need regulatory approval before it’s allowed to happen. Part of that process will happen next month. A U.S. Senate committee will hold a hearing on T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger on June 27th. Officials have told Reuters that it’s likely that T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will testify. The hearing was announced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and … [read full article]

Boost Mobile founder wants prepaid brand divested if T-Mobile and Sprint merge

There’s sure to be plenty of back and forth about the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint in the coming months, with sides arguing for and against the deal. This week a former mobile CEO has weighed in. Peter Adderton, founder and former CEO of Boost Mobile, has said that the T-Mobile and Sprint merger shouldn’t be allowed to happen unless Boost Mobile and/or MetroPCS are spun off. Adderton argues that with Boost, Virgin Mobile, and Metro, … [read full article]