T-Mobile CEO John Legere is stumping for his company's merger with Sprint again, arguing that the combined entity would be the only carrier to bring 5G nationwide, because rivals AT&T and Verizon are "locked in a meaningless race just to claim they're first." In a blog post Thursday, Legere said the new T-Mobile would "fix the broken, arrogant wireless industry."
With 5G currently available only in select areas of some cities, $26.5 billion merger in May. The deal still .that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai placed on T-Mobile and Sprint when he OK'd the
"It's so important to deliver 5G across the entire country," Legere said in the post. "There are brilliant people in every corner of the US, from small towns to big cities, and we'll only benefit from their ideas if they have access to the right tools."
Nationwide 5G will come only via the merger, he said, because T-Mobile has high-band spectrum and low-band spectrum, while Sprint has midband spectrum. He said that by combining this spectrum -- the radio airwaves that make the wireless system work -- the combined company would have full coverage unlike its rivals.
"The New T-Mobile ... will ensure that 5G reaches people across the entire country," the chief executive said.
This spectrum argument isn't bulletproof though. Theto all carriers, and the Justice Department is reportedly considering as well as other parts of their businesses.
T-Mobile and Sprint are the third- and fourth-largest carriers behind Verizon and AT&T. Should they merge, Legere would remain in his role.
Legere also hinted Thursday that a new T-Mobile would have lower-price offerings so consumers of all economic backgrounds could afford it.
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