Mobile US, Sprint Working To Salvage Merger

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere and his executive team announce Un Carrier 12.0 from the company's Bellevue

Sprint Corp (S.N) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger USA wireless to rival market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own. A new report has given us an update on the situation.

Reports from Japan earlier in the week claimed SoftBank, which owns Sprint, is set to pull the plug on a rumoured merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile over a dispute about who would control the combined company. Details of the offer are unknown, but it's said that Sprint's board spent Thursday discussing this whole merger situation. The two sides could reach a deal within weeks, but the two companies could still fail to agree on deal terms.

John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc., added, "The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders".

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It comes as Sprint has somewhat struggled in an increasingly competitive U.S. mobile market. Sources had originally stated that Sprint made a decision to call off the acquisition because Deutsche Telekom was looking to get the majority of control over the entity resulting from the merger; though some Sprint executives were reportedly okay with this, others allegedly wanted more. The company has also badgered rivals with its unlimited data plans.

Both companies had expressed interest in a tie-up this year, and industry analysts expected T-Mobile to have more leverage in discussions this time around. What can the next era of T-Mobile and Sprint do to gain ground? But no deal was announced immediately following the conclusion of a ban on merger talks in April that was associated with a USA government auction of wireless airwaves.

T-Mobile, on the other hand, is still the fastest growing and most innovative carrier in the states.

Deutsche Telekom representatives were believed to visit SoftBank's Masa Son this weekend, sources told CNBC.

The two companies came close to announcing a merger in 2014 but called it off at the last minute due to regulatory concerns.

Legal experts also said earlier this year that it was hard to predict whether the current administration would be more receptive of a deal.



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