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US FCC Approves Merger of T-Mobile & Sprint

Mna News - Published on Thu, 07 Nov 2019

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US Federal Communications Commission has issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Order of Proposed Modification approving, with conditions, the transfer of control applications filed by T-Mobile and Sprint. The Commission found that the transaction will help close the digital divide and advance United States leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity.  Specifically, T-Mobile and Sprint have committed within three years to deploy 5G service to cover 97% of the American people, and within six years to reach 99% of all Americans. This commitment includes deploying 5G service to cover 85% of rural Americans within three years and 90% of rural Americans within six years.

The parties also pledged that within six years, 90% of Americans would have access to mobile service with speeds of at least 100 Mbps and 99% of Americans would have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps. This includes two-thirds of rural Americans having access to mobile service with speeds of at least 100 Mbps, and 90% of rural Americans having access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps.

The Commission conditioned its approval of the transaction on the parties fulfilling these commitments. Compliance with these commitments will be verified by rigorous drive-testing, overseen by an independent third party and subject to Commission oversight, to ensure that the service Americans receive will be what the parties have promised.  And in order to ensure that these commitments are met, the parties will be required to make payments that could reach over two billion dollars if they do not meet their commitments within six years. Moreover, the parties will be required to make additional payments until they have fulfilled their commitments.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Thu, 07 Nov 2019
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