T-Mobile US, Sprint combo would create ‘unprecedented capacity’

Speaking during the recent Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, T-Mobile US executives provided an update on the proposed merger with Sprint, including a look at the daily work being done to prepare for an integration of the two carriers’ networks.

Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert said, “We’ve got a full integration team going, functional leads in every function at both companies, weekly steering meetings, deep work happening. And it really starts with the network.”

Sievert called a roaming agreement between T-Mobile US and Sprint is a “really important integration element” that helps align engineering and commercial teams. He said other aspects of the integration are ensuring Sprint’s handset procurement is compatible with the destination network and more advanced roaming for future load balancing.

“The teams are well underway in getting ready for this merger,” Seiver continued. He said interactions with federal officials are proving “constructive, open-minded, detail-oriented. The massive expansion in capacity that the New T-Mobile will create will create more competition, better circumstances for consumers and we know the government, once they really understand that, will see the merits.”

Last week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission paused the 180-day shot clock for its review of the proposed merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint, citing new information still coming in T-Mobile US on network engineering, a financial basis for new network build-out and economic modeling. Click here to learn more about the regulatory issues that prompted the pause.

Speaking at Communacopia, T-Mobile US Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter said the pause “was totally expected.”

To listen to Sievert and Carter’s full session, click here.


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