The T-Mobile/Sprint merger is in hot water, as more companies come out against

The T-Mobile/Sprint merger is in hot water, as more companies come out against
If something can derail the regulatory approval of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger, it's the potential loss of jobs, and we already had unions crying foul against the marriage yesterday. With a filing before the FCC, now Dish network says it's better for both consumers and the general competition in the field if the carriers remained separated.

Dish's argument is that T-Mobile and Sprint are overselling the benefits for America's 5G network rollout if they merge. In addition, the two smaller US carriers are yet to file convincing explanations how the merger risks for the public good will be negated by its advantages. "Sprint and T-Mobile have not yet met this burden, and much work needs to be done for them to carry it," says Dish, the satellite TV provider.

In a separate filing, another TV provider, Altice, argues that its virtual carrier business may suffer as a result of Sprint and T-Mobile tying the knot. "T-Mobile and the New T-Mobile have made no tangible commitments regarding meaningful support for current MVNO partners," according to Alice and there is no guarantee for the "same collaborative partnership" as the provider now has with Sprint. 

A third filing, this time from C Spire, rubs extra salt in the wound by claiming that rural areas will suffer if Sprint's CDMA network is disbanded. These opposition filings are only bound to increase while we are entering the final phase of regulatory scrutiny over the merger, and will hopefully lead to a well-planned and executed merger that takes them into account.

source: TmoNews

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15 Comments

1. DFranch

Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"C Spire, rubs extra salt in the wound by claiming that rural areas will suffer if Sprint's CDMA network is disbanded." That's garbage, because so is Sprint's rural coverage.

2. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Hmmm. So the complaints are that TMo-Sprint won't employ enough people, might not offer enough savings, and might be too competitive with existing companies?

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Good.

7. DaBigDogg

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Good to see ya here dude...!

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Who's this?

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Can one even argue about CDMA coverage seeing how it will soon be non-existent either way? Verizon already plans on shutting down their CDMA network at the end of 2019... then again Sprint probably doesn't plant that far ahead

14. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

LOL, Sprint still uses its CDMA network big time, Hell they activate the IMEI on your phone and only use the ICCID for roaming.

5. jimmybo

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Why...sprint sucks....at least in my market....they need to merge with a good, ever advancing company like t-mo. T-mobile is the only cell service that works perfect in NWI

11. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

T-Mobile has THE smallest footprint of the 4 major U.S. carriers. No way around that.

6. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Wassamatter DishNET and Dish Networks? Afraid the new T-Mobile will be swallowing your userbase up when they expand further into the 'rural' markets with their own streaming-media offerings?Awwww....

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sprint and T-Mobile need to merge together it will be good for the US market. Dish can create their own cellular network and the same for Comcast and Charter. If they are worried about their not being enough competition then the three companies I just metioned can step up to the plate and create new competition.

9. civicsr2cool

Posts: 267; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

This is NOT a good thing for teh consumer. Data prices will sky rocket with 5g unfolding just like they did when lte and 3g came out.

12. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Altice really shouldn't have an issue with T-Mobile in regards to MVNO service because T-Mobile has plenty of MVNOs on their network. Dish on the other hand should honestly mind their own business because they have spectrum that they've been sitting on and they haven't bothered to deploy it, if anything it should be taken away from them and given to carriers that are willing to utilize it. As for C Spire they need to get with the times and realize that whether they like it or not, CDMA is going extinct within the next few years, and figure out how to expand their network instead of relying on Sprint's.

13. D34ever

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

This article title is what's called "sensationalism". Opposition to this merger is not that fierce. Just typical.

15. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If Dish is complaining then we should definitely let them merge. What regulator would listen to the competition complain and not agree that it must be good for consumers. What a lame move.

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