Mobile, Sprint announce merger to create 'mother of all 5G networks'

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Combined, the new company would have almost 100 million cell phone customers.

Critics worry that consolidation in the sector could lead to higher prices for consumers. Both the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have to OK the deal, and that's been a roadblock to such mergers in the past. They plan to participate in a spectrum auction in late autumn and will request a waiver if the merger prevents the companies from participating. "The U.S.is behind China in being a leader on 5G". When his company took control of Sprint in 2013, he boasted of defeating Verizon and AT&T in their own backyard.

US regulators, which have challenged in court AT&T's $85 billion deal to buy USA media company Time Warner Inc TWX.N , are expected to grill Sprint and T-Mobile on how they will price their combined wireless offerings. He would be the CEO of the combined company.

"I'm excited to announce that @TMobile and @Sprint have reached an agreement to come together and form a new company-a larger, stronger competitor that will be a force of positive change for all USA consumers and businesses!" he wrote, adding, "With @Sprint's incredible 2.5 GHz spectrum, @TMobile's nationwide 600 MHZ + our other combined assets..."

SoftBank, a Japanese technology and telecommunications group, will own just 27 percent of the combined company, however, while Deutsche Telekom will own 42 percent and have voting and board control. The combined company will be a major player in next-generation 5G wireless technology in a way Sprint could not be on its own.

The companies said they expect US regulators would see the benefits of the deal.

Investors have been anticipating a deal like this for some time. The two companies together have $60 billion in debt and by combining their operations, they are counting on counting on reducing this. The two companies remained separate at that time due to the regulatory challenges that they faced during the Obama administration. "The new company will be able to light up a broad and deep 5G network faster than either company could separately".

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"The best way to describe 5G is what color TV did to black and white TV", Claure says.

The companies said they expect a savings of about $43 billion with the synergy but are planning $40 billion in its new work and business in the first three years.

BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk raised concern over Sprint's debt and annual losses, saying that, while it had cut costs, it had not invested enough in its network.

T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak of adding customers. The companies were reportedly in talks to merge in September a year ago, and it was then later reported that discussions had been dropped - largely due to how much control Deutsche Telekom would have over Sprint (not to mention the valuation of the company's shares as well).

Consumers are paying less for cellphone service, thanks to T-Mobile's influence on the industry and the resultant price wars.

As a competitor, Sprint has been right on its heels - and eventually, No. 1 Verizon and second-place AT&T - followed with numerous hallmark features.

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