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T-Mobile and Sprint get DOJ approval for $26 billion merger deal

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The U.S. Department of Justice this morning gave the green light to T-Mobile US and Sprint for their proposed $26 billion merger. The deal, which would combine the nation’s third and fourth largest carriers (by subscriber number) has been greenlit on the condition that T-Mobile sell its prepaid assets (including Boost Mobile) to Dish Network.

The proposed merger has been under regulatory scrutiny for some time now, as the deal will leave three major wireless carriers accounting for more than 95 percent of U.S. mobile phone customers.

Proponents of the deal, meanwhile, have argued that the merger will actually make a combine T-Mobile/Sprint more competitive with category leaders Verizon and AT&T.

“With this merger and accompanying divestiture, we are expanding output significantly by ensuring large amounts of currently unused or underused spectrum are made available to American consumers in the form of high quality 5G networks,” DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim told The Wall Street Journal.


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