Yesterday afternoon many of us were slapped by a major announcement regarding the possible future of T-Mobile. Around 2:30 pm est, news started breaking about AT&T’s offer to Deutsche Telekom AG. This offer was for the acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion dollars. Many consumers are upset about this possible merger, and not only are the consumers upset but so is Sprint.
Sprint, at this moment, is the third largest carrier in the United States. IF this proposal makes it through the DOJ (Department of Justice) and FCC (Federal Communications Commission) then AT&T will be three times the size of Sprint and will be the largest carrier in the United States.
Read Sprint’s Response To The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Below.
“The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, if approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would alter dramatically the structure of the communications industry. AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. A combined AT&T and T-Mobile would be almost three times the size of Sprint, the third largest wireless competitor. If approved, the merger would result in a wireless industry dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically-integrated companies that control almost 80% of the US wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete. The DOJ and the FCC must decide if this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and the US economy overall, and determine if innovation and robust competition would be impacted adversely and by this dramatic change in the structure of the industry.”
Now there is still a big IF regarding this proposal and if it will take place. Unfortunately, we will have to sit back and wait patiently to see how this unfolds. However, we will continue to follow the events and keep you updated on each new event that comes about.