The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint was supposed to be a deal made a few weeks ago, a big part of their total spectrum assets had to be allocated to Dish to boost the creation of another big carrier. But according to the the Wall Street newspapertalks have slowed down and it is unclear when the two sides will come to an agreement.
T-Mobile and Sprint announced their $ 26 billion merger more than a year ago. Newspaper reports that a new deadline, July 29, will be reached before the agreement is reached. This will be the second extension of this type since the initial announcement that was struggling to get approval from the Department of Justice.
As early as May, all Republican Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission had expressed their support for the agreement after concluding an agreement intended to encourage the deployment of 5G and broadband in rural areas. The Department of Justice has not yet reached a conclusion, apparently waiting to see if carriers can reach an agreement to ensure that competition will not diminish in the event of a merger.
By allocating spectrum assets to another company like Dish, the deal could preserve a viable fourth operator that could compete with New T-Mobile, AT & T and Verizon. Nevertheless, this carrier would operate with a significant disadvantage.
According to Newspapernegotiators were blocked to discuss property caps and restrictions that would limit those who could later buy parts of the new Dish network. Dishotay pushes the boundaries that T-Mobile's parent company wants to impose in order to prevent the company from selling the new spectrum that would be allocated to it.
Even if the Ministry of Justice finally approves the agreement, the merger must be the subject of a court challenge from more than a dozen state attorneys general, saying that consumers would suffer. Earlier this week, T-Mobile said the AGs were "living in the past" in a court file responding to the charges.