The third time was the good. Mobile phone operators T-Mobile and Sprint, respectively the third and fourth players in the american market, have announced Sunday, April 29, merger. If the competition authorities give their green light to the transaction, there will be no more than three actors on the market, AT&T, Verizon and the new T-Mobile.
T-Mobile, the us subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, and Sprint, controlled 83 % by japan’s Softbank, are trying to reconcile for years. In the summer of 2014, Sprint wanted to buy T-Mobile, but had to give it up after the Obama administration had indicated that she was opposed to reducing the number of operators from four to three. Meanwhile, T-Mobile launched a – relative – price war and has offered consumers unlimited offers, which have enabled it to gain market share and become number three in the sector, ahead of Sprint, which has seen its debt soar and its market value decline.