Analysts say that regulatory approval for the T-Mobile-Sprint deal is now more likely

Analysts say that regulatory approval for the T-Mobile-Sprint deal is now more likely
Despite recent comments and objections to the T-Mobile-Sprint merger from the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and others, analysts at Macquarie Research believe that the odds of the deal closing have improved. At the same time, a report sent to Macquaire's clients says that both companies might have to agree to certain conditions, or divest themselves of assets like spectrum and retail locations in order for the transaction to go through. Both the FCC and the FTC must sign off on the deal.

The founder of Sprint owned pre-paid provider Boost Mobile, Peter Adderton, recently told some FCC commissioners that any anti-competitive aspects of the deal could be mitigated with one condition. He suggests forcing the merged T-Mobile-Sprint to divest one of the pre-paid brands it will own after the merger, and move over 8 million pre-paid subscribers to a new, independent company. Of course, Adderton said that he would be happy to serve as the new pre-paid company's CEO.

The analysts note that Verizon has been silent about the possible combination of the nation's third and fourth largest wireless providers. They consider the silence to be a hint that Verizon is planning a huge transaction of its own, and thus hopes that regulators leave the T-Mobile-Sprint deal alone. Companies in the industry who have spoken out against the merger include Dish Network, C Spire and Altice. The latter is a cable company that planned on launching an MVNO using Sprint's wireless service.


T-Mobile and Sprint CEOs John Legere and Marcelo Claure respectively, have both draped this deal in the American flag. The two executives say that American leadership in 5G technology is at stake with this transaction. Both also say that a deal would add employees, not cut them, and result in a major build-out of a coast-to-coast mobile 5G network. The plan is to use T-Mobile's low-frequency 600MHz spectrum in combination with Sprint's hoard of 2.5GHz high-band airwaves.

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5 Comments

1. rebretz

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

As much as I don't want one less company for competition purposes in the US, I think as it stands now there is really no way for either T-Mobile or Sprint to compete on their own against AT&T and Verizon.

2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Hurray...let's get it done!

3. painnpanic

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

You are probably right rebretz but I'm also afraid the price will rise shortly after the merger claiming this is so they can build up the 5G network. This same thing happened in Canada and the prices went way up after 2 years. I expect the same.

4. emcdonald75

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I thought Sprint has 2.5GHz? Isn't 3.5GHz the CBRS spectrum?

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 968; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Of course regulatory approval is high, the FCC doesn't care all too much for consumers. Seeing as they are okay with the largest film/media producer purchase the 3rd largest. I'm sure if AT&T had tried recently to acquire T-mo they would've been given the OK

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