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

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

The clock will remain paused until T-Mobile and Sprint are finished submitting documents and information about the merger, and until the commissioners feel they have had enough time to review the record. This would allow third-parties to review it, as well as allowing for a thorough review of staff at the FCC.

The Federal Communications Commission issued a letter on Tuesday stating that it needs more time to review the proposed merger between the two telecommunication companies. "The additional review time is common to FCC merger reviews and we recently supplied a large amount of data to the FCC that they want sufficient time to assess".

Bellevue-based T-Mobile and Sprint say consumers will benefit from a faster network even as their deal reduces from four to three the number of national competitors in the USA wireless market.

A "substantially revised" network engineering study submitted September 5 "is significantly larger and more complex than the engineering submissions already in the record", the agency said in a letter to the companies that it distributed by email on Tuesday. The new model is significantly larger and more complex than the old one, the FCC explains, and it incorporates new logic, methodologies, facts, and assumptions that are central to the merger's claimed network benefits.




The commission told the carriers' counsel that it had received papers and guidance primarily from T-Mobile within the past two weeks that marked departures from previous statements regarding network engineering models and network buildout funding.

A smartphones with Sprint logo are seen in front of a screen projection of T-mobile logo, in this picture illustration taken April 30, 2018. "We are confident that this transaction is pro-competitive, good for the country and good for American consumers", the company said.

The merger is also under review by the US Department of Justice.

The FCC only obtained both the new engineering model and Build 9 on September 5.