The Justice Department has officially approved the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, marking the second of two major hurdles that the carriers need to overcome in order to finalize the $26 billion deal.
Regulators blessed the merger after T-Mobile and Sprint made significant concessions — like selling assets including Boost Mobile to Dish, along with other assets like spectrum.
With these assets, the idea is that Dish could create its own competitor to Verizon, AT, and the new T-Mobile, though there is some doubt as to whether or not Dish could truly compete with the other three when it’s essentially starting from scratch.
“Today marks an incredibly important step forward for the New T-Mobile.
We are ready to bring this supercharged Un-carrier to consumers and businesses across the country, and this milestone brings us much closer to making that vision a reality for customers everywhere!” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a statement.
The new T-Mobile is also required to “make available to Dish at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations,” and provide Dish with access to the T-Mobile network for seven years, giving Dish time to build out its own network.