After multiple departments of government giving it the greenlight over the past few years, the FCC has finally said it’s OK for it to happen.
Sprint still has to offload Boost Mobile, and T-Mobile has to sell its interest in Dish Network. I’d expect to see a Dish/Boost player in the game selling MNVO scraps.
We were told long ago whenever the merger was approved people on Sprint and T-Mobile would relatively quickly be able to use the other carrier’s towers and backbone. Considering it’s been in the planning for years now let’s see if we end up with usable Internet at Christmas.
Many states are plaintiffs in a lawsuit to prevent the merger, although with it decided by the FCC there becomes a question of what the states can actually do. This may delay service enhancements, or push this merger back long enough that Sprint crumbles and files for bankruptcy.
With thousands expected to lose their jobs in the merger and the elimination of a player at the table, it’ll be interesting to watch. Whether it flies to the stars or crashes and burns.[TechCrunch]