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SoftBank Pulls Rug Out from Under Sprint / T-Mobile Merger

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Oct 30, 2017, 1:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Sprint and T-Mobile may not be merging after all. SoftBank, the majority owner of Sprint, plans to break off merger talks, according to Reuters. SoftBank and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom haven't been able to agree on who will own the combined company. T-Mobile and Sprint are the country's third- and fourth-largest carriers, when measured by customers. The merged entity would have been better able to compete with market leaders AT&T and Verizon. SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom had widely been expected to announced merger details by the end of the month. Neither Sprint nor T-Mobile commented on Reuters' report.


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Oct 30, 2017, 4:23 PM


The merger might fall apart this go around, but it will happen sooner or later. Neither company has the assests nor ability to leapfrog ahead its own, and Verizon with AT&T will eventually squeeze their smaller rivals out of the market.

My guess is that each side is hoping the other will fail first, and the winner will rush in to scoop up the remains for a song.
Nah neither company needs each other and hopefully this is the end of this merger talks between the two. Comcast could buy a stake of Sprint from Son and Dish and T-mo could merge and both would be fine. T-mo is already maintaining a million new custo...
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