SoftBank Examines Connection Between Sprint, T

The deal has been long awaited, and now it appears things are moving in the right direction after Reuters reported Softbank is looking to approach T-Mobile regarding a possible merger.

Currently, SoftBank owns 83% of Sprint, and they could give a controlling stake of that over to Deutsche Telekom if they were able to make a deal to merge the third and fourth largest carriers in the US.

"While Sprint has been viewed as the most likely T-Mobile merger partner, Dish remains an option too, though structure remains unclear in both cases", said Baird analyst William Power in a research report Friday.

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Revived merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint will once again be facing obstacles in the form of antitrust regulators and industry watchers, with the possibility that the deal might not be allowed to push through. Nothing is now happening, however, as anti-collusion rules set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prevent rival companies from having negotiations during a spectrum auction. Verizon disturbed the hornet's nest when it unveiled its Verizon Unlimited plan, which prompted direct responses from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T (in that order).

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After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this week.

"We may buy, we may sell". Sprint, however, has stagnated since then, and is still evaluated the same as it was in 2014 - around $36 Billion.

In 2011, AT&T struck a $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile, but walked away after facing the same objections from the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice. T-Mobile said it had 71.5 million total customers while Sprint had 59.5 million at the end of 2016. T-Mobile shares are up 72 percent over the past year, and Sprint has more than tripled.

"President Trump has promised to ease various regulations and that should make it easier to do business", Son said at the time. That deal, however, was batted down once USA antitrust regulators got a whiff of what the combined company would do to competition. After meeting Trump in early December, Son pledged to invest $50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the United States.