The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is said to have been completed weeks ago, after much of their total spectrum power was allocated to Dish to encourage the creation of another major airline. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the talks are delayed and it is unclear when the two sides will reach an agreement.
T-Mobile and Sprint have announced their $ 26 billion merger more than a year ago, and the diary reports that another deadline will pass, July 29, before the deal is closed. This is the second such extension since the first announcement that has had difficulty getting approval from the Ministry of Justice.
Already in May, all Republican Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission had expressed their support for the deal after they came to an arrangement that should stimulate 5G and broadband introduction into rural areas. The Ministry of Justice has yet to reach a conclusion, apparently pending the question of whether carriers can reach an agreement to ensure that there is no decrease in competition if they merge.
By assigning spectrum assets to another company such as Dish, the deal could maintain a viable fourth courier that could compete with the new T-Mobile, AT & T and Verizon. Yet that society would suffer a considerable disadvantage.
According to the diary, negotiators have remained stuck discussing ownership limits and restrictions that would limit who could later purchase parts of the new Dish network. Dish pushes back to these limits that the parent company of T-Mobile wants to impose to prevent the company from selling the new spectrum that would be assigned to it.
Even if the Ministry of Justice finally agrees with the deal, the merger faces a court challenge from more than a dozen attorneys general who claim it would harm consumers. Earlier this week, T-Mobile said the AG's "live in the past" in a court responding to the allegations.