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T-Mobile hires Sunit Patel to help lead Sprint merger

T-Mobile is currently working through regulatory review and all of the other steps necessary to try and get its merger with Sprint completed, and today T-Mo revealed that it’s brought someone on to help with the effort. Sunit Patel is joining T-Mobile. Starting October 1st, he’ll be T-Mo’s Executive Vice President, Merger and Integration Lead. His job will include leading T-Mobile’s strategic planning efforts as it works to integrate its business with Sprint’s and the … [read full article]

U.S. carriers talk more about Mobile Authentication Taskforce and Project Verify

Details on the major four U.S. carriers’ Mobile Authentication Taskforce have been trickling out over the past year, and today a little more information has been revealed. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon gave a preview of their Mobile Authentication Taskforce’s Project Verify effort this week, detailing how they plan to beef up user security that’s less dependent on passwords. The prototype uses the carriers’ proprietary, network-based authentication features and other methods to verify a user’s … [read full article]

FCC pauses 180-day shot clock on its review of T-Mobile-Sprint merger

  Fifty-five days into the 180-day shot clock of its review of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, the FCC has hit the pause button. The FCC announced today that it’s pausing its 180-day shot clock of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger in order to “allow for thorough staff and third-party review of newly-submitted and anticipated modeling relied on by the Applicants.” The FCC points to three separate developments that require more time for review. First is … [read full article]

T-Mobile says Sprint merger won’t mean end of MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, or Virgin Mobile

In addition to talking up its wireless-only TV and home internet bundle, T-Mobile recently talked to the FCC about what would happen with its prepaid brands if it merges with Sprint. T-Mobile has told the FCC that if it’s allowed to merge with Sprint, it will keep both MetroPCS as well as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile around. T-Mo explained that each brand targets different types of customers. T-Mo went on to claim that … [read full article]

T-Mobile reportedly asking its MVNOs to publicly support Sprint merger

T-Mobile has been busy lately launching new rate plans and Un-carrier movies, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also still working on getting regulatory approval for its merger with Sprint. According to a new report from Reuters, T-Mobile is reaching out to smaller providers that utilize its network and asking them to come out and publicly support the T-Mo-Sprint merger in order to push regulators to approve it. T-Mobile’s suggestions include issuing public … [read full article]

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 to 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]