Not-So-Breaking News: Sprint & T-Mobile Are Talking

September 19th, 2017 by · 1 Comment

The seasons are changing, which means of course that we need to refresh our wireless M&A rumors.  You’ll never guess who is talking about a mega-merger this time.  Ok, maybe you will.

CNBC is reporting that none other than Sprint and T-Mobile US are doing what everyone already assumed they were doing.   Supposedly under consideration now is an all stock deal that would leave T-Mobile US CEO John Legere at the helm.

T-Mobile’s success over the three years since the last attempt at a merger of the two mean that Softbank would probably have to accept a minority position.   But of course billionaire Masayoshi Son will be seeking a voice in the company’s direction one way or another.

As for whether regulators who basically vetoed the idea last time would be more amenable this time, the Trump administration will *probably* look more favorable upon the combination.  Pending late night tweets from Trump of course.

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Categories: Mergers and Acquisitions · Wireless

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