USA security approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger

USA security approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger

The merger between two of the four biggest mobile carriers in the U.S. - T-Mobile and Sprint, will significantly change the landscape of the wireless market.

"These approvals assure the strong partnership both companies have with the USA government will continue with the New T-Mobile", said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile made the announcement Monday night, adding that the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense have withdrawn an earlier request to delay the deal. While T-Mobile and Sprint do not use Huawei equipment, Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank use some Huawei gear in overseas markets.

To avoid controversy from the conflict between the United States and China, the USA government pressed T-Mobile's owner, Deutsche Telekom, to drop the telecommunications company. The US ordered the arrest amid the belief that the company is being used by the Chinese government to spy on US customers.

T-Mobile stated in a press release sent out detailing the approval, "We are pleased to achieve both of these important milestones in the journey to build the New T-Mobile".

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The completion of the combination remains subject to regulatory approvals and certain other customary closing conditions, and is expected to occur during the first half of 2019.

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided USA sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow.

The pressure on Huawei has heightened tensions between the United States and China over trade.

At the same time, Washington appears to be increasing its scrutiny of Huawei in other departments, as evidenced by the early December arrest of the company's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver which was requested by the stateside Department of Justice, sparking a diplomatic incident and further escalating political tensions between the USA and China.

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