To win approval for their proposed merger, Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) have told antitrust regulators that the deal would help them build a robust nationwide 5G network and better compete in the space. The companies have promised the Federal Communications Commission that their combined entity would deploy a 5G network covering most rural areas, and prices would not be raised for three years.
Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s 5G plans
Sprint has stated that the merger with T-Mobile could speed up its 5G expansion. Last month, Sprint unveiled its first two 5G devices, the LG V50 ThinQTM 5G and the HTC 5G Hub. They are expected to be available to customers in four US markets in a few weeks and other markets shortly.
T-Mobile does not plan to launch 5G before the second half of 2019. Statista expects 5G subscriptions to reach 2.61 billion by 2025.