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T-Mobile customers report outage, can't make calls or send text messages
T-Mobile customers across the U.S. say they can't make calls or send text messages following an apparent outage — although mobile data appears to be unaffected. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. When we tried to send a text message, it said the message could not be sent. The outage began around 3pm PT (6pm ET). Users took to social media to complain about the outage. It's not clear how many customers are affected, but users across the U.S. have said they are affected.
Today, the FCC formally approved the contested T-Mobile and Sprint merger, The Verge. But commissioners are still speaking out. Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks released statements explaining their decisions to vote against the transaction.
In her, Rosenworcel said:
"We've all seen what happens when markets become more concentrated after a merger like this one. In the airline industry, it brought us baggage fees and smaller seats. In the pharmaceutical industry, it led to a handful of drug companies raising the prices of lifesaving medications. There's no reason to think this time will be different."
T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the latest state attorney general to oppose T-Mobile's Sprint merger. Today, Shapiro announced that he'll join a lawsuit to block the "megamerger" of the telecom giants, making him the 18th attorney general to challenge the deal. In July, the Department of Justice approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint -- on the condition that it sell some of its business to Dish Network. And Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai endorsed the deal. But opposition from so many attorneys general could pose a legitimate threat.
She elaborated on her reasons for opposing the deal in anthis morning. In a , Commissioner Starks express similar sentiment.
In July, the Department of JusticeT-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has the deal. But many have pointed out that it could hurt competition, raises prices for cell service, limit innovation and jeopardize retail jobs and wages. Eighteen attorneys general have to block the merger -- even with the condition that T-Mobile must to Dish Network.
We are still waiting for confirmation from the FCC, but it appears the deal is moving forward. While normally a deal with FCC and DOJ approval would be allowed to close, there is a chance that the lawsuit filed by the attorneys general could still block the merger.,
Telecom: a return to three operators evoked
Since the arrival of Free Mobile in 2012, in the field of Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR, the rumors about a consolidation of the sector are legion. In 2014, Numericable bought SFR, reducing the number of operators in fixed telephony but at the level of mobile telephony, nothing has changed. This does not prevent the sector to consider a return to three operators.
Rumors, recurring, often prove unfounded and the known attempts for a merger between the one and the other actors of the sector, like the, have all failed.
Bouygues Telecom at the center of all consolidation rumors
Currently, in mobile telephony, four operators share the market which causedsubscriptions: since Free Mobile has broken prices, all operators had to more or less fall in line allowing French households to save money, but leading to lower business margins. A return to three operators is, in fact, welcome for these.
Bouygues Telecom, whose economic health is strained, is the center of all speculation: if there is one operator that could sell to another is this one. On February 13, 2017, the Letter of Expansion feeds again the rumor of a merger: it would be Patrick Drahi, owner of SFR via his Luxemburg holding Altice, who would have restarted the discussions of a merger between Bouygues and one of its three competitors.
The return to three mobile operators: a simple rumor but ...
The Paris Bourse has speculated on this rumor on February 14, 2017 advancing all stocks. But the operators have been clear: there is no question of proper discussions for a merger.
Orange, however, said that "the sector players concerned have not closed the door to the possibility of consolidation", suggesting that if the project is not relevant, it could be.
It remains to be seen if and when this will happen ... and what will be the consequences on subscription prices.Operators
T-Mobile's 5G network will go live on December 6th .
T-Mobile will officially activate its 5G network on December 6th, the carrier announced today during a live stream dedicated to its upcoming merger with Sprint. According to CEO John Legere, 200 million customers will have access to the network on day one, with 5,000 cities and towns covered before the end of 2019. The company plans to market the initiative as "5G for Good," likely in an effort to drum up additional support for its merger with Sprint. That's because the launch is dependent on the merger going through since T-Mobile needs access to Sprint's spectrum to make such a wide initial rollout possible.
Why the T-Mobile-Sprint merger has hurdles beyond DOJ approval
The DOJ is reportedly in talks with state officials to win support for the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Media reporters Sara Fischer from Axios ...
FCC's Pai Recommends Approving T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
The T-Mobile-Sprint merger got a huge boost Monday with FCC chair Ajit Pai's announcement. The companies have committed to deploying rural broadband ...