[the economist] COULD this be the end of the line for T-Mobile USA? On March 20th AT&T, an American telecoms giant, launched an eye-watering $39 billion bid for its smaller competitor, which is owned by Germany's Deutsche Telekom.
If approved, the acquisition would leave America with only three sizeable operators in the wireless-telecom business: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. For this reason, the deal is likely to meet stiff opposition from consumer groups and other telecoms firms, who worry that AT&T will use its extra muscle to crush competition further. A study by the General Accounting Office (GAO), an arm of Congress, found that America's four big wireless carriers already control 90% of the national market. Indeed, there had been much speculation that AT&T would buy a big company in a foreign market such as India rather than splash out at home, given the risks of a prolonged anti-trust investigation there. But rumours that Sprint was also sniffing around T-Mobile probably encouraged it to make its move.
AT&T bids for T-Mobile USA - A very big call