Published: Sat, July 27, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Sprint And T-Mobile Finally Get Approval To Merge

Sprint And T-Mobile Finally Get Approval To Merge

DISH gains a bunch of services and support and customers from Sprint and T-Mobile.

Per the settlement, the two companies will divest Sprint's prepaid business, including Sprint prepaid, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, to Dish.

Speaking of the New T-Mobile network, Dish has been given access to the New T-Mobile network for 7 years, with the ability to move customers between both T-Mobile's network and DISH's new 5G network, once they've built that out.

The company has boosted its full-year guidance for customer additions by 10% on average to between 3.5 million and 4 million. Dish would start from scratch building a network that will cost tens of billions.

On a related note, as a part of the prepaid purchase, Dish is acquiring 400 employees and a retail network with more than 7,500 retail outlets.

Dish promises to build out a 5G network, too, covering 70% of the US population by mid-2023 or face a fine of up to $2.2 billion.

The settlement requires a substantial divestiture package in order to enable a viable facilities-based competitor to enter the market. It aims to build a 5G network that'll reach 70 percent of the U.S. population by June 2023.

T-Mobile and Sprint have made similar commitments for their part of the deal; failing to hit those targets could result in hundreds of millions to billions in fines, according to FCC officials.

T-Mobile has proven to be an aggressive competitor in the wireless industry - slashing rates, ending consumer annoyances such as long-term contracts and early termination fees, and reintroducing unlimited data plans.

Sohn served as an FCC adviser during the Obama administration, when the USA government repeatedly indicated that the country is better off with at least four competing national wireless carriers.

T-Mobile has promised not to raise prices for three years, but after that, it's fair game. (NASDAQ:TMUS) were released by: Fool.com and their article: "3 Small-Cap Stocks With Big-Cap Potential - The Motley Fool" published on July 23, 2019 as well as Streetinsider.com's news article titled: "DOJ could announce green light on T-Mobile (TMUS)-Sprint Corp". Regulators were wary that the merger, which shrinks the number of major wireless carriers in the United States from four to three, would hurt competition and leave consumers with fewer low-priced wireless options. "Public Knowledge will continue to challenge any transaction that falls short of the competition consumers enjoy today, and we urge the public to continue the fight at the FCC and comment on the DOJ's proposed consent decree as well". "The problem is especially bad for poor and rural customers".

Delrahim also stated during the press conference that "Americans' access to fast, reliable and affordable wireless connectivity is critically important to our economy and to every American consumer and to their way of life".

A federal judge still must sign off on the approval, as it includes conditions for the new company.

Multiple state attorney offices filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the merger.

5G is the next generation of wireless service that has become a politically touchy subject. The companies appealed to Trump's desire for the U.S.to "win" a global 5G race with China as this faster, more reliable wireless is rolled out and applications are built for it. It promises faster speeds and opportunities for new technologies.

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