Economy

Why T-Mobile Can Afford a Data Cap Hike

Why T-Mobile Can Afford a Data Cap Hike

Sprint and T-Mobile are planning to officially announce their merger proposal without any major concessions in the form of asset liquidations, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the ongoing negotiations. The third and fourth largest U.S wireless carriers are preparing a negotiating strategy to tackle demands from regulators regarding asset sales, including the divestment of some of their spectrum licenses after their deal is announced.

Why did T-Mobile (TMUS) stir competition by hiking its unlimited data caps to 50GB (gigabytes) from 32GB?

Commenting on the story, Craig Moffett, research analyst at MoffettNathanson, said: "It is better for Sprint and T-Mobile to listen and learn the concerns of regulators first, and see whether there is anything that can be done to address those concerns". Due to that state of affairs, their current talks haven't even led to a divestiture cap that would be included in the upcoming merger proposal, signaling that they'd still be interested in a tie-up even if the federal government forces them into major concessions.

This combined network would be much more ably positioned to challenge AT&T's market share of 136.5mn network users and Verizon's 143.6mn.

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However, regulators can only begin reviewing a corporate merger once it has been agreed to and announced.

T-Mobile and Sprint now have the third and fourth most wireless network subscribers in the USA, both some way behind the leading two firms.

Although, it is possible that the negotiations will cease between T-Mobile and Sprint like in 2014.


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