Sprint formally objects to AT&T/T-Mobile deal

By Reuters
Posted March 28 at 2:14 p.m.

Sprint Nextel urged regulators to block AT&T Inc.’s $39 billion bid to buy Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA.

Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile carrier, said in a statement Monday that the transaction would harm consumers and competition.

“Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly,” said Vonya McCann, Sprint’s senior vice president of government affairs.

Sprint faces tough competition from its two bigger rivals, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc. The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. operator, would leapfrog Verizon Wireless as market leader.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department are expected to take at least a year to review the proposed merger.

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