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AT&T offers to sell 40 percent of T-Mobile if merger is approved

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Nov 2011 1:21 User comments (2)

AT&T offers to sell 40 percent of T-Mobile if merger is approved Despite withdrawing its merger proposal for T-Mobile from the FCC, AT&T has a "Plan B" in the works, one in which it would sell up to 40 percent of the carrier if its acquisition is approved.
The asset sale would be necessary to have the acquisition approved. The Justice Department sued to block the merger in August saying it would "substantially lessen competition" in the market, which only has 4 major carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Although the plan could work, in theory, there are few bidders out there for wireless assets that can afford such a huge purchase. Verizon would undoubtedly be blocked, and Sprint is having money issues.

AT&T is said to be okay with divesting a significant amount of subscribers whilst holding on to much-needed spectrum.

If the acquisition falls through, AT&T will owe T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom a $4 billion breakup fee that includes assets and cash.

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2 user comments

126.11.2011 4:00

And the other 60% is called a controlling interest. I wonder if AT&T believes customers are that dumb or have they paid-off the US congress to become that dumb ? If so it was a very small payment.

227.11.2011 4:32

It won't work:

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

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