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US to take longer to mull Sprint merger with T

US to take longer to mull Sprint merger with T

The Federal Communications Price despatched a letter to Lunge and T-Mobile Tuesday informing the carriers that or not it is pausing the contemporary assessment of their merger. This would allow third-parties to review it, as well as allowing for a thorough review of staff at the FCC.

The regulatory agency said in a letter that it's hitting pause on the informal, 180-day "transaction shot clock" so it can review newly-submitted materials from the companies. But what is clear is that the FCC review process is going to take even longer, drawing out the merger approval process well into the latter half of the year and into 2019.

A business model detailing how the combined firm would provide "financial basis for the projected new network buildup" wasn't submitted until September 5. They are the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the United States based on subscribers.

T-Mobile said it appreciates the fact that the FCC is taking additional time to review the proposed merger and says no one should read anything into the delay.

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In a Thursday night tweet, Trump took a different view, echoing criticism from conservative pundits from recent days. He added that, "actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of".

The move itself is not a major obstacle for the merger, which needs both the FCC and the Justice Department's approval.

Sprint's shares fell 1.32% in extended hours trading, while T-Mobile's stock was flat. Also Nasdaq.com published the news titled: "T-Mobile US, Inc.to Present at the Goldman Sachs 27th Annual Communacopia Conference in New York, NY" on September 07, 2018. The FCC called it "significantly larger and more complex than the engineering submissions already in the record".

We appreciate that the FCC is taking the time necessary to fully understand the merits of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. On top of that, it said, it also requires some extra time to go over a business model named "Build 9", which will provide the financial basis for the projected new network buildout. Act Ii Management Lp who had been investing in T Mobile Us Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $55.87 billion market cap company.