Deutsche Telekom has just announced a merge between T-Mobile USA and Metro PCS, giving to T-Mobile more customers, and a big LTE network already deployed by Metro PCS. The combined entity would remain the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier in terms of subscribers behind AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
The firms said the combined company will have about 42.5 million subscribers.
“The T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands are a great strategic fit – both operationally and culturally,” René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, said in a statement. “The new company will be the value leader in wireless with the scale, spectrum and financial and other resources to expand its geographic coverage, broaden choice among all types of customers and continue to innovate, especially around the next-generation LTE network. We are committed to creating a sustainable and financially viable national challenger in the U.S., and we believe this combination helps us deliver on that commitment.”
“MetroPCS and T-Mobile have the same network strategies and LTE networks in the same spectrum bands, which we believe will accelerate the deployment of advanced services to our customers,” said Roger D. Linquist, chairman and CEO of MetroPCS. “Ultimately, this combination will create a stronger wireless provider nationally with broader value offerings to better serve our combined customers and drive shareholder value.”
MetroPCS and T-Mobile did not mention specific post-merger wireless plans or devices, except to say that the combined firms will offer “a wider selection of attractive, competitively priced plans to better serve the marketplace, including contract, no-contract monthly, SIM-only, pay-as-you-go and mobile broadband services.” Via Pcmag.
Neil Grace, a spokesman for the FCC, which regulates airwaves’ use, declined in an e-mail to comment on how the agency might handle the deal.
Gina Talamona, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, which would examine the deal for anti-competitive impact, declined to comment.
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