Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

U.S. to take longer to review Sprint merger with T

U.S. to take longer to review Sprint merger with T

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The third- and fourth-largest wireless United States service providers submitted their Public Interest Statement to the FCC in June, but the commission has now said it is pausing the informal 180-day "transaction shot clock", which is currently at day 56, following recent submissions related to a revised network engineering model.

Following years of on-and-off talks between the two wireless carriers, the pair announced an all-stock $26 billion merger back in April.

The companies had unsuccessfully tried to merge in 2014 and 2017, with regulators stopping the first attempt and disagreement over how much control the companies would have nixing the deal on the second attempt.

The regulatory agency said in a letter that it's hitting pause on the informal, 180-day "transaction shot clock" so it can review newly-submitted materials from the companies. On top of that, it said, it also requires some extra time to go over a business model named "Build 9", which will provide the financial basis for the projected new network buildout. Both submissions were received on September 5.

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T-Mobile is one of the biggest earners for its parent Deutsche Telekom of Germany. The companies submitted their formal merger query of to the FCC in June, wherein they vowed to "suppose a tough, nationwide world-class 5G community and providers and products sooner than in any other case imaginable".

The FCC sets a goal of completing merger reviews in 180 days, and can pause the countdown clock enumerating those days as it seeks clarifications or more information.

"Additional time is necessary to allow for thorough staff and third-party review of newly-submitted and anticipated modeling relied on by the Applicants", the commission wrote in a letter to the companies.

The Federal Communications Commision needs more time to consider whether to approve a multibillion-dollar merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. "We are confident that this transaction is pro-competitive, good for the country and good for American consumers".

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