The probability for a T-Mobile merger with Sprint has risen greatly, FCC checks reveal
The proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is currently on the docket, as the FCC froze its self-imposed deadline to comment on the deal, in order to obtain some more data from the two carriers.
The offshoots like Boost, MetroPCS and Virgin, however, are already feeling safe for the future, as T-Mobile execs confirmed that the pre-paid crowd will continue to exist in its current form even after the merger. With so many companies endorsing the deal and writing heartbreaking letters to the FCC how it would actually boost competition, improve rural coverage, and be jobs-positive, analysts are now raising the odds of a merger.
The telecom team over at Wells Fargo issued an analyst memo that reads like a sales pitch. They now think that there is a very high, 70% chance for Sprint's merger with T-Mobile to clear all regulatory hurdles, and go ahead:
The added value in the Wells Fargo memo is that it is going to the source - the FCC review where the merger green light will be decided - and doesn't find anything major to stay in the way. T-Mobile already reported earnings, and said it stays optimistic over the process, and Sprint is due to report shortly, so we'll keep our ears open for any hints where the merger fate is going.