"....Sprint has some $33 billion in debt, which could be a hurdle to a deal with T-Mobile or cable TV companies, some analysts say. Dish Network, controlled by founder Charles Ergen, has amassed almost 80 MHz of spectrum but needs a wireless partner. Verizon has been viewed as a possible buyer of Dish Network. "A T-Mobile merger with Sprint could generate significant synergies, though regulatory approval is not a slam dunk"...."
"....RBC Capital, in a January 29 research note, said the Department of Justice would still veto a Sprint-T-Mobile deal."
I think it's good aimed-at-government-agency-approval tactics to emphasize the synergy that this brings to 5G development, and the possibility of increased coverage in underserved areas.
I suspect that's all true-- and probably far more beneficial to approval chances than focusing on expense cutting, consolidation of labor, and removal of competition between the #3 and #4 networks (which has arguably lowered consumer pricing across all networks).
Makes sense! Sounds like the combined company will be T-Mobile...
The new T-Mobile tower equipment, as I recall, will allow upgrade via software upgrade... Sprint's implementation would not do that. So T-Mobile brings advanced tower equipment plus 600mhz (great for VoLTE) and Sprint brings 2.5GHz (lowest band of 5G). Would be awesome if after the merger, T-Mobile at least DSU all of our Sprint phones!