May 3 John Legere took a dangerous gamble basing his campaign for T-Mobile-Sprint on a falsehood, that the deal would deliver much faster 5G, sooner, and that would produce $billions in social gains. I immediately knew his claims were bogus.
The deal had a 50-50 chance on Monday but is plummeting as FCC & DOJ get woke. This is the summary; six articles from the last few days are linked in the text and below.
A smoking gun: From Bell Labs with LTE & 5G the same
The New York Times may have killed the merger with “The Implausible Promises of a T-Mobile-Sprint Merger.” Maybe the lethal blow came at the BK 5G Conference last Wednesday,I found low-band “5G” is little better than 4G LTE, apples to apples. Former FCC Chair Wheeler used the 25% estimate.
The only way the new T-Mobile could bring 5G sooner is to build it in 2017. That would be difficult.