No, this isn’t a throwback post. There’s yet again a chance a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint actually happens in the future. The subject came up at CES 2017, and T-Mobile’s CEO wouldn’t deny the possibility despite insulting the competitor just minutes before. It brings us back to 2013-2014 when Softbank, Sprint’s parent company, began pursuing T-Mobile with a major investment.
Following the Un-carrier Next presentation in Las Vegas, T-Mobile CEO John Legere sat down with the media for questions. The usual topics, things like network upgrades and subscriber growth, were involved. But the biggest takeaway during the Q&A session came from a question asked by Chris Welch of The Verge.
Legere was asked whether or not T-Mobile and Sprint merging was a more likely possibly with a new administration coming in. Donald Trump will take the White House later this month, and with his role as U.S. President comes the appointment of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) leaders. Last time around, the FCC squashed the merger citing a desire to have at least four major carriers in the country. Now, with a fresh set of eyes and ears on the way, the two carriers could have better success at merging.
The Verge was told by Legere that a merger is a “potential future outcome” and would make sense considering “it’s also pretty clear Sprint needs to do something.” He added another possibility is for a major television provider to buy Sprint, which is a fair prediction as Comcast and Charter have both expressed interest in entering the wireless industry.
If it matters, SoftBank is still very interested in buying T-Mobile.
Via: The Verge