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T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Finally Approved: 5 Things To Know

Sprint and T-Mobile have the regulatory permission they need to close their $26.5 billion mega-merger. Here are five things to know about the biggest telecom merger we've seen so far in 2019.

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The Fourth Carrier  

The T-Mobile-Sprint tie-up will certainly change the landscape of the U.S. wireless market. Critics of the deal are concerned that Dish won't be a viable fourth wireless carrier option for consumers and that the satellite TV provider won't have what it takes to realistically compete with AT&T, Verizon and the “New T-Mobile.” There's also doubt that Dish will be able to create and operate a 5G network.

Dish Network, for its part, said during its second-quarter earnings call Monday that it already has plans for how it will take on the three wireless leaders. Dish founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen said that by acquiring Boost Mobile, the company won't be starting from scratch. Ergen also expects to ask for help from third-party providers in building out its own wireless network infrastructure.

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