T-Mobile tells the FCC that the merger with Sprint is all about U.S. leadership in 5G

T-Mobile tells the FCC that the merger with Sprint is all about U.S. leadership in 5G
In his usual way, T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere posted some information on T-Mobile's blog today that is related to its proposed merger with Sprint. First, the executive said that the carrier has filed its Public Interest Statement with the FCC. The document reveals how the public will benefit from the merger; and no surprise, Legere says that there are plenty of  benefits for consumers if the deal is allowed to go through.

As was made clear on the day that the deal was announced, T-Mobile and Sprint are saying that the deal needs to be approved so that America can stay a leader when it comes to the next generation of wireless connectivity. Legere's blog post points out that because America led the way in launching 4G LTE service, it led to the birth of many apps in the U.S. that have become leaders globally. The names mentioned by T-Mobile's president and CEO were Uber, Snap(chat), Venmo and Instagram.

According to Legere, the stakes with 5G are much higher. Companies and consumers will be able to use 5G to do things they've never dreamed of doing with a mobile device. Once the carrier builds out its 5G network, Legere says that two-thirds of the country will see average speeds of 444Mbps and peak speeds as fast as 4.1Gbps. By 2021, 5G speeds on T-Mobile will be 5 times the carrier's LTE speeds. And as the T-Mobile's chief points out, LTE speeds will still be rising at the same time.

And that brings us to T-Mobile's proposed merger with Sprint. Legere writes that the transaction "is an important contributor to American leadership broadly across economic and social lines." T-Mobile says that analysis by economist Dr. David Evans forecasts that creation of the New T-Mobile will invoke a competitive response from Verizon and AT&T that will end up cutting the price of a GB of data by 55%, with a 120% increase in data capacity.


An interesting comment that Legere makes is that "T-Mobile’s 5G network will be broad – though not deep, except in select markets. And, Sprint’s 5G network will be deep in some markets, but not broad." In other words, according to John Legere, no other combination of major U.S. carriers can help American consumers take advantage of the amazing new era that we are about to embark on.

The FCC and the DOJ still need to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger before it can close. And while the argument from both John Legere and his counterpart at Sprint, Marcelo Claure, is a persuasive one, it remains to be seen whether these two governmental agencies will approve the deal.

source: T-Mobile

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9 Comments

1. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Oh just approve the damn deal and let's move on!

2. whatev

Posts: 2414; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Why is it that everytime there’s a T-Mobile article the pic is the same guy? Btw, I apologize for my ignorance, I’m not from the us

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

He is the CEO of the company.

4. whatev

Posts: 2414; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes, but they don’t do the same with other companies

5. tedkord

Posts: 17465; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They do use a lot of the same pictures over and over for other companies.

8. whatev

Posts: 2414; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

But CEO pics? I mean everytime there’s a T-Mobile article the pic is this guy, I don’t know what’s T-Mobile logo, when I read or hear something about T-Mobile all I can recall is this guy, it’s hilarious lmao

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Because Legere has for better or worse been seen as the main guy behind everything T-Mobile. Whether you like him or not, the guy screams T-Mobile in everything he does. Not to mention he was the main disruptor for all of the other carriers and is given credit for a lot of good things that have happened in the mobile industry. AT&T and Verizon's CEOs are not really seen as sole leaders of their companies, as a lot of the decisions are also done by the CTO's and CFO's and COO's too.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Companies and consumers will be able to use 5G to do things they've never dreamed of doing with a mobile device. Like what, exactly? I want to be hyped, but I don't exactly wish for faster speed as is, just better coverage.

12. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Like every merges, several hundred jobs gone.

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