Mobile, Sprint will finally get hitched in $26B mega mobile deal

Monday, 30 Apr, 2018

Midday Sunday, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that the boards of both companies have approved a merger deal that will take the U.S. from four wireless networks down to three.

T-Mobile's corporate parent, Deutsche Telekom (DT), will hold 42% of the combined company, while SoftBank Group (9984JP), the parent of Sprint, will own 27%, the remaining 31% being held by the public. The most recent was in November of previous year, when talks between the two companies fell apart amid reported disagreements over Sprint's valuation and SoftBank's reluctance to cede control of Sprint. AT&T ended 2017 with more than 141 million wireless subscribers in the us, whereas Verizon led the pack with 150 million subscribers.

Although the market likes the idea, there are still the traditional regulatory hurdles to overcome and in recent times we've seen several technology deals blocked for a variety of reasons ranging from national security (Qualcomm/Broadcom) to consumer detriment (AT&T/Time Warner).

The merger is being valued at around $26 billion and will have both network operators merge under T-Mobile's name.

This time, though, executives for Sprint and T-Mobile aim to convince regulators in the Trump administration that offering 5G wireless service around the country - a network for everything from smartphones to internet-enabled cars and other technologies - will require more resources than either of them could sustain individually. "The new company will be able to light up a broad and deep 5G network faster than either company could separately". It could combine with a cable company, like AT&T has with DirecTV; or a content company, like Verizon has with Yahoo!.

The new company will be headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with a second headquarters at Sprint's headquarters in Overland Park. Analysts have said that without T-Mobile, Sprint lacks the scale needed to invest in its network and to compete in a saturated market.

New T-Mobile will absolutely SUPERCHARGE the pro consumer Un-carrier strategy! Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will stay around as a board member of the new company.

The other argument is that new entrants will come into the wireless market, improving competition. The company has also badgered rivals with its unlimited data plans.

Their first round of merger talks ended unsuccessfully in 2014 after the administration of then-U.S. President Barack Obama expressed antitrust concerns.

Oh, what a difference a few years, and billions of dollars, can make. The deal values Sprint at approximately $59 billion, and will be worth $26bn in stock. Anticipating this reaction from critics of the merger, the deal's announcement today addressed the issue by promising reduced rates, increased competition, and better quality for customers.

However, the deal is expected to attract regulatory scrutiny over its potential impact on consumer prices.

We could soon see the number of major mobile carriers in the United States decrease from four to three if things go according to plan.