US regulator approves merger of T-Mobile and Sprint


Telecom regulator FCC approved Tuesday's merger of T-Mobile USA with Sprint. The three Republicans in the FCC voted in favor, the two Democrats against. The US Department of Justice had already approved in July. Nevertheless, the merger is still not a foregone conclusion.

More than a dozen US states are bringing lawsuits against a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, including the particularly large states of California, New York and Texas. The court hearings are scheduled to begin in December. Opponents of the merger, including the Democrats in the FCC, fear a decline in competition and thus disadvantages for consumers if the merger is allowed. The number of nationwide mobile network operators would indeed drop from four to three.

Republicans in the FCC refer to the network expansion commitment made by the two mobile operators. Within three years of a merger, a 5G network is expected to reach 97% of US residences, and another three years later it will reach 99%. In rural areas, it should be at least 85 percent or 90 percent.

Minimum bandwidths are also stipulated: after six years, 100 Mbit / s are to be downloaded via the mobile network to 90 percent of US residences, and at least 50 Mbit / s in rural areas. If goals are not achieved, fines are threatened. From the point of view of the merger opponents, these conditions are not sufficient to offset the slowdown in competition.


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