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Sprint/TMO deal hangs in the balance after antitrust trial

The shape of the 5G landscape in the US in 2020 and beyond is hard to predict until one decision is made – whether Sprint and T-Mobile USA will be allowed to merge. If they do, there will be a far bigger challenger for AT&T and Verizon, plus they will divest customers and spectrum to Dish Network and enable a fourth major 5G operator. Yet the outcome remains uncertain. The deal has passed most regulatory hurdles but faces a significant legal challenge from a group of 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, which some analysts believe will derail the transaction. That could spark many potential knock-on effects if appeals failed – a new buyer for Sprint and/or TMO, perhaps…

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