T-Mobile and Sprint were in talks of a merger. But because the U.S. regulatory hurdles were too high, the discussion ceased. But just a few years later and the same rumors are once again making the rounds online.
Recently, Reuters reported that SoftBank was interested in turning the T-Mobile-Sprint merger into a done deal. The publication claimed that SoftBank was willing to go as far as giving up its control of Sprint carrier to Deutsche Telekom, which is the parent company of T-Mobile. Despite reports that SoftBank is arranging different deals, the sources of the publication are saying that the company is ready to let go of their control in exchange of a minority stake from the merger.
As of this writing, SoftBank has not yet opened up the discussion of a possible deal with Deustche Telekom. This was because of the ongoing 600MHz spectrum auction that included an anti-collusion rule. The source says, however, that once the auction ends, the two companies will start negotiating the idea of a merger.
SoftBank currently owns 83 percent of Sprint. Reports show that the Japanese multinational telco corporation has since been disappointed with how the carrier is expanding in the US. And since both CEOs of Sprint and SoftBank have shown interest in a possible T-Mobile merger, today's news does not really come as a surprise. But with today's political environment under the new US President, it just might be the best time for the two carriers to join forces.