The Urge To Merge
T-Mobile and Sprint, the third- and fourth-largest carriers in the U.S., respectively, Sunday unveiled their long-awaited plan to merge in a $26 billion deal. If approved, the two companies expect the deal to close in the first half of next year. In the meantime, T-Mobile and Sprint will operate as independent companies.
But this isn't the first time the two companies have tried to come together. With high regulatory hurdles to clear, it's still unclear if the two companies will eventually become one. Here are five things that solution providers should know about the current deal, what the convergence of two distinct wireless network would look like, and how losing one wireless player in the market could impact the channel.