THE PROPOSED T-MOBILE/SPRINT MERGER: 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER

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T-Mobile and Sprint, the third- and fourth-largest carriers in the U.S., respectively, 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 could impact the market

Regulatory Challenges On The Horizon

The merger is by far a done deal. Sprint and T-Mobile's proposed deal will have to face the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission for regulatory approval. The bar is already high; this is the companies' third merger attempt.

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