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A very important piece of the T-Mobile/MetroPCS puzzle has fallen into place today: getting the approval of the Federal Communications Commission. Citing increase in competition and the consumer benefits, the merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS now has the FCC's official blessing. With this formality out of the way, the shareholders will now vote on March 28th to make this marriage a reality.

T-Mobile's previously proposed merger with AT&T was withdrawn from the FCC before approval, after meeting opposition from the Department of Justice. The DOJ feared that the elimination of the smaller, more budget-friendly T-Mobile would leave too little competition in the mobile marketplace for the much larger AT&T.

With the 4 billion dollars T-Mobile received from its breakup with AT&T, and now the potential merger with MetroPCS, things are going to get interesting between the big GSM carriers. What will AT&T do in response to a larger, more resourceful T-Mobile? What will happen to existing MetroPCS customers post-merger? Come speculate with us in the forums.

Source: FCC


STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON THE T-MOBILE AND METROPCS TRANSACTION APPROVAL

Washington, D.C. – The following statement is attributable to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski:

With today’s approval, America’s mobile market continues to strengthen, moving toward robust competition and revitalized competitors. We are seeing billions more in network investment, while the courts have upheld key FCC decisions to accelerate broadband build-out, promote competition, and benefit consumers, including our broadband data roaming and pole attachment rules. Today’s action will benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years. 

Mobile broadband is a key engine of economic growth, with U.S. annual wireless capital investment up 40% over the last four years, the largest increase in the world, and few sectors having more potential to create jobs. In this fast-moving space, of course challenges remain, including the need to unleash even more spectrum for mobile broadband and continuing to promote competition and protect consumers. The Commission will stay focused on these vital goals.

 

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FCC Approves T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger

9 Comments

Still waiting for that stupid stockholder approval!

But I will be very, very curious what the combined spectrum will be capable of!!! LTE-Advanced with 80+mbps to end-user smartphones!!!
Ohhhhhh yeeeeah!!!!!!

Long gone are the days of 600-800kbps!!!!!!

it'll get approval from MetroPCS's board. The only reason the two stockholders out of all the rest that are for it are arguing it is because they want more money not necessarily because of them not wanting the merger. Just greed really

That article was a full year ago, I really don't think
T-Mobile is going to deploy HSPA+84, that would be awesome if they did though having +84 as a fallback network to LTE.

I dont understand... why is everyone going to LTE? Yeah its fast but its also a battery hog and it seems like its more expensive and takes longer to implement. Coming from sprint to T-Mo I'm more than happy HSPA+ if I was T-Mo I'd say to hell with LTE and do my best to cover more areas with high speed HSPA+ dont care if its 21, 42 or even 84. I'd be happier with 5mb down and good battery life than 30mb down and terrible battery life.

One thing that I don't understand about T-Mobile. I live in a well populated area in eastern NC. T-Mobile service here is not 4G, and as a matter of fact, it isn't even 3G! Yet they have 4G posters all over the store. I asked the employees there when they were going to get 4G, and their response is "we're still looking for 3G". I just don't understand.

Bottom line here Metropcs customers will be very happy. Better selection of handsets and a better overall network 2013 will be a BIG year for Tmobile/Metropcs. People in the carrier game willrremember this year for a very long while.