Justice Department reportedly wants T-Mobile and Sprint to create a new fourth US carrier to gain merger approval

One of the pressing concerns about the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is that it would reduce the market for major US wireless service providers. UU From four to three. But according to a report from Bloomberg tonight, the Justice Department could be pushing to find a way around it: apparently, the DoJ wants to see T-Mobile and Sprint "lay the foundation" for a completely new situation The operator will emerge as a condition of any possible approval of its merger.

Apparently, this would be a spurious mobile service provider with its own network of assets and spectrum that currently belong to T-Mobile and Sprint. Bloomberg does not mention how receptive the two bearers are to this idea, nor does it detail how everything would develop. But even conceptually, this solution seems to go against one of the central arguments that T-Mobile and Sprint have created for their union: they say that joining forces will create a much larger and formidable rival for Verizon Wireless and AT & T and reduce consumer prices. .

Having to give away enough spectrum and network resources to create a new national airline would surely result in a "New T-Mobile" weaker than the one originally They had the two companies expected. T-Mobile and Sprint have stated that their merger would lead to an ambitious and complete deployment of 5G technology in the United States over the next few years. Earlier this month, both sides agreed on what they insist are "enforceable" deadlines for the 5G expansion, which was enough for the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, to say he would vote in favor of the agreement. But critics say the T-Mobile and Sprint pledges to cover 97 percent of the US. UU With 5G within three years (and covering 99 percent of Americans in six years) they make no sense and are difficult to measure accurately.

Those conditions that reached T-Mobile and Sprint to obtain the FCC's blessing have apparently not been enough to influence the Department of Justice's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, according to the report Bloomberg . It is still said that he is concerned about reducing the field of competitors, which has led to this idea of, well, simply making another airline so that the United States still gets four if the agreement is finally approved. Bloomberg notes that discussions between the operators and the DoJ have been "productive," both T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure seen outside the Justice Department on Wednesday.

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