October 2, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
Deutsche Telekom is reportedly in talks with MetroPCS to merge it with T-Mobile USA. As many of you probably already know, Deutsche Telekom is the German parent company of T-Mobile USA and is in the process of acquiring MetroPCS. Such a move may prove beneficial for T-Mobile as it grabs more customers and helps T-Mobile launch its own LTE network.
MetroPCS confirmed the speculation by issuing this statement earlier today:
“MetroPCS today confirmed that it is in discussions with Deutsche Telekom regarding an agreement to combine T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. There can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions, and the Company does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached.”
Unfortunately, the parties involved conceded that there are several significant issues that must be addressed before any merger will take place.
Here is an official statement from Deutsche Telekom on the merger situation:
“The talks are at a stage where significant issues have not yet been finalized, contracts have not yet been signed and the conclusion of the transaction is still not certain,” Deutsche Telekom said in its statement. “The board of management and supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom have therefore not yet taken the resolutions necessary for such a transaction.”
I believe we could reasonably expect an announcement within several days if the merger does go through, but as mentioned above, there are still significant issues that must be rectified before it can progress further.