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They got the go ahead! 

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The Justice Department gave its approval after the two companies overcame a final obstacle by agreeing to sell off parts of their businesses to pay-TV operator Dish to create a potential fourth major player in the wireless industry. The agency also corralled the attorneys general of five states not party to the lawsuit into the agreement.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/business/media/sprint-tmobile-merger.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

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As part of the agreement, Sprint will divest its Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint prepaid phone businesses. Sprint and T-Mobile will divest some of their wireless spectrum to Dish Network and make at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail stores available to the company. Dish will also be able to access T-Mobile’s network for seven years.

State attorneys general from Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota have signed onto the agreement. 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/26/t-mobile-sprint-merger-approved-by-doj.html

So Dish is taking over all of Sprint-owned prepaid business, not just Boost.

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10 minutes ago, bigsnake49 said:

As part of the agreement, Sprint will divest its Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint prepaid phone businesses. Sprint and T-Mobile will divest some of their wireless spectrum to Dish Network and make at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail stores available to the company. Dish will also be able to access T-Mobile’s network for seven years.

State attorneys general from Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota have signed onto the agreement. 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/26/t-mobile-sprint-merger-approved-by-doj.html

So Dish is taking over all of Sprint-owned prepaid business, not just Boost.

A big takeaway I just read was this, " Sprint and T-Mobile will divest some of their wireless spectrum to Dish Network and make at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail stores available to the company."

I was wondering what they were going to do. Makes more sense.

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It's official!!!    DOJ said OK!!! 
 
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So I’m guessing Robert will be rebranding the site soon.
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So I’m guessing Robert will be rebranding the site soon.

Yeah that always crossed my mind. I mean he could rebrand it to T4 GRU


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I'm hoping T Mobile unlocks us so we can start using their frequency's.   I can use some better in-building reception.

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1 minute ago, jroepcke51 said:

A big takeaway I just read was this, " Sprint and T-Mobile will divest some of their wireless spectrum to Dish Network and make at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail stores available to the company."

I was wondering what they were going to do. Makes more sense.

It's great that Dish will take over the leases on at least 20,000 sites. That means that T-mobile won't have to pay those leases off.

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19 minutes ago, dro1984 said:

It's official!!!    DOJ said OK!!! 

 

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Awesome.

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1 minute ago, dro1984 said:

I'm hoping T Mobile unlocks us so we can start using their frequency's.   I can use some better in-building reception.

Same here.

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I'm hoping T Mobile unlocks us so we can start using their frequency's.   I can use some better in-building reception.
No TMobile roaming where you are?

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1 minute ago, Tengen31 said:

No TMobile roaming where you are?

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Not in my area either.

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Just sold half of my Sprint stock holdings @ $7.90 per share

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What does this mean for Sprint’s network upgrades in progress or which haven’t launched yet?

5G in Washington DC for example.

Will those be halted pending T-Mobile’s management decisions?

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3 minutes ago, Tengen31 said:

No TMobile roaming where you are?

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I'm guessing they have sprint signal that is not weak enough to trigger roaming, but not strong enough to use

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7 minutes ago, bigsnake49 said:

It's great that Dish will take over the leases on at least 20,000 sites. That means that T-mobile won't have to pay those leases off.

That is a synergy from this acquisition right away. Tmo will determine which sites to decommission and Dish has first right to select the site. The article said 20,000 but I assume more will be expected over the next 3 years.

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2 minutes ago, Tengen31 said:

No TMobile roaming where you are?

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Dearborn / Detroit border  -  Sprint's 1900 mHz is carrying most of the load here, especially for data.    It's bad.  Very over crowed.  

 

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Dearborn / Detroit border  -  Sprint's 1900 mHz is carrying most of the load here, especially for data.    It's bad.  Very over crowed.  
 

TMobile could use the extra capacity in my area.


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2 minutes ago, jroepcke51 said:

That is a synergy from this acquisition right away. Tmo will determine which sites to decommission and Dish has first right to select the site. The article said 20,000 but I assume more will be expected over the next 3 years.

That is a minimum number of sites. I think T-Mobile has been working behind the scenes getting ready for the merger and have already identified the Sprint sites they need. Every other site will be available over the course of 3 years.

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That is a minimum number of sites. I think T-Mobile has been working behind the scenes getting ready for the merger and have already identified the Sprint sites they need. Every other site will be available over the course of 3 years.

Also what spectrum is TMobile required to divest


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I'm really excited from a network standpoint. All these bands combined will make for a monstrous network. From a pricing standpoint, I'm not as excited. I can already see my bill going up lol.

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1 minute ago, danlodish345 said:


Also what spectrum is TMobile required to divest


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Only Band 26 got divested or rather sold.

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5 minutes ago, PythonFanPA said:

Here's Dish's press release (just got this email as I'm a Dish customer too):

https://ir.dish.com/news-releases/news-release-details/dish-become-national-facilities-based-wireless-carrier

I like these details.

The prepaid businesses, including Boost Mobile, serve approximately 9.3 million customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. At close, Sprint's prepaid businesses and customers will immediately move to DISH, as will the more than 400 employees and nationwide independent retail network that supports more than 7,500 retail outlets.

Once DISH starts deploying its own facilities-based infrastructure, DISH's wireless customers will be able to seamlessly access the New T-Mobile network in areas where DISH has yet to deploy its own facilities. This Infrastructure MNO arrangement is part of the Master Network Services Agreement between the parties.

The 800 MHz nationwide spectrum adds to DISH's existing 600 MHz and 700 MHz low-band holdings. The low-band portfolio, well suited for wide geographic coverage and in-building penetration, complements DISH's AWS-4 and AWS H Block mid-band offerings, which promise high data capacity potential with narrower operating range.

DISH has committed to new buildout schedules associated with the company's 600 MHz, AWS-4, 700 MHz E Block and AWS H Block licenses. In addition, DISH has committed to deploy 5G Broadband Service utilizing those licenses.

The new commitments require DISH to use its spectrum to deploy a nationwide 5G broadband network covering at least 70 percent of the U.S. population by June 14, 2023. If DISH fails to meet its 5G deployment deadlines, DISH will make voluntary contributions to the U.S. Treasury of up to $2.2 billion.

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From the Dish Press release:

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The transactions are subject to customary conditions including the closing of the Sprint and T-Mobile merger, government approvals, and confirmation that DISH is able to provision customers on the New T-Mobile network. Closing is expected within three months following the completion of the Sprint and T-Mobile merger.

The prepaid businesses, including Boost Mobile, serve approximately 9.3 million customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. At close, Sprint's prepaid businesses and customers will immediately move to DISH, as will the more than 400 employees and nationwide independent retail network that supports more than 7,500 retail outlets.

DISH will activate all new wireless customers on the New T-Mobile network. Existing prepaid customers will be supported on the Sprint legacy network and will eventually transition to the New T-Mobile network.

Once DISH starts deploying its own facilities-based infrastructure, DISH's wireless customers will be able to seamlessly access the New T-Mobile network in areas where DISH has yet to deploy its own facilities. This Infrastructure MNO arrangement is part of the Master Network Services Agreement between the parties.

The 800 MHz nationwide spectrum adds to DISH's existing 600 MHz and 700 MHz low-band holdings. The low-band portfolio, well suited for wide geographic coverage and in-building penetration, complements DISH's AWS-4 and AWS H Block mid-band offerings, which promise high data capacity potential with narrower operating range.

DISH has committed to new buildout schedules associated with the company's 600 MHz, AWS-4, 700 MHz E Block and AWS H Block licenses. In addition, DISH has committed to deploy 5G Broadband Service utilizing those licenses.

The new commitments require DISH to use its spectrum to deploy a nationwide 5G broadband network covering at least 70 percent of the U.S. population by June 14, 2023. If DISH fails to meet its 5G deployment deadlines, DISH will make voluntary contributions to the U.S. Treasury of up to $2.2 billion.

Additionally, DISH and T-Mobile have committed to negotiate the leasing of DISH's 600 MHz spectrum to T-Mobile for a transitional period of time.

The arrangements also provide DISH the option to acquire certain tower, network equipment and retail assets that are being decommissioned as part of the Sprint and T-Mobile integration process.

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I wonder why AWS H block is not being leased to T-Mobile during the transition period?

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